How Fernando Torres's return to Atletico remind us of Robbie Fowler's Liverpool return

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Torres seems to be looking for one last chance to resurrect his career where it all began. Fowler's return to Liverpool had it's differences, but idea that bringing the best out of them at their first club is one of the key similarities.

It was announced yesterday that Fernando Torres would return to his boyhood club Atletico Madrid on loan, only two days after a permanent move from Chelsea to AC Milan was announced.

Though the complexities around the deal remain puzzling, there is nothing confusing about the sentiment the 30-year-old as he returns to the club where he made his name before moving to Liverpool. It is the club he loves and the one close to his heart.

He said on his return: “Atlético made contact and I was in no doubt at all.

"I’m going back to Atleti to find happiness. When I was a boy, I used to dream about playing for Atleti and my dream came true. Going back now feels like another dream has become a reality for me."

Whilst Atleti may not have had his best years - with Liverpool undoubtedly having Torres at the peak of his powers - he was never the same player after he left Merseyside, and it seems as though the return to the club where it all began is one last chance of trying to find something that resembles his old form. 

There are some similarities with that of Robbie Fowler - who departed Liverpool in 2001 after coming through the ranks at the club, with Leeds United his destination. He then went on to play for Manchester City, and though he still possessed some of the qualities that made him a good finisher, he wasn't the same player. Injuries played their part with the Toxteth terror but there was still one burning desire, like there was with Torres.

Fowler was given the opportunity to rejoin Liverpool on a free transfer from Manchester City in the winter of 2006, and upon the second coming of the man the Kop referred to as God, he said: "Since I have left, deep down I have always wanted to come back and it has been a long time but I'm glad to say I'm back now.

"Leaving was probably one of my biggest regrets I have had in football.

"I'm chuffed to bits. I mean, I can't really believe it's happened again so I'm ecstatic to be honest."

He wasn't the striker of old, but Fowler made an effective contribution during his 18 month return as a squad player. He was a different forward at Liverpool's disposal that still had a good eye for goal. Torres is a bit younger, maybe a bit fitter - but it feels like going back to where it all began is the only way his career can be resurrected. 

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