Eight years ago today Torres scored his first goal for Liverpool

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Fernando Torres may have left Liverpool under something of a cloud, but his glorious tenure at Anfield began with this goal against Chelsea.

The Rafa Benitez era brought many a Spanish name to Anfield but few had quite the impact that Fernando Torres enjoyed.

Signed from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2007, Torres’ Premier League debut at Anfield came on August 19th of that year.

Facing off against, of all people, Chelsea the Spaniard enjoyed a game to remember, scoring in a 1-1 draw that set down a marker for what was to come from the Atleti youth product.

He finished the campaign with 33 goals in all competitions with 24 coming in the Premier League and a further six scored in Europe.

That campaign would be his most prolific for the Reds, with tallies of 17 and 22 recorded in the following two campaigns as injuries took their toll.

In fact, that first season at Liverpool remains Torres’ most prolific throughout his career.

The following summer was one to remember too, with Torres scoring the winning goal for Spain against Germany in the final of Euro 2008.

An acrimonious departure to Chelsea may have followed in early 2011, but it proved to be a canny move for Liverpool who received a fee in the region of £50 million for the forward.

Torres, meanwhile, would go on to score 45 in 172 games for the Blues, having notched up 81 goals in 142 games for Liverpool.

Now back at Atletico Madrid, today still represents a Premier League landmark as the day when Torres officially arrived in the English top-flight.

We may never see the likes of him again.

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