The Daily Planet: Fernando Torres The Heartbreaker

In the wake of Fernando Torres’ departure from Anfield, multiple players have spoken out against the Spaniard’s move to Stanford Bridge.

Fernando Torres For Chelsea

Liverpool’s captain, who was originally thought to have supported Torres on his transfer, has recently come out and spoken to The Daily Mail about his feelings on the matter.
“I was heartbroken. Absolutely gutted. There are no hard feelings. I built up a relationship with Fernando and became his friend. But he will also understand how I feel. Fernando is a bright person and he will understand that the Liverpool fans are upset as well.”

Fernando Torres And Steven Gerrard

Liverpool’s full-back, Daniel Agger, was less supportive of his former teammate’s move to Chelsea and chose to slam Torres in a recent interview.
“It is unacceptable to play for one of Liverpool’s arch rivals,” he said. “For a Dane, it’s about having respect for the club you play at. I would never go to Manchester United or Everton, for example.”

Daniel Agger In An Interview

He went on to say that, although Torres has always been a great help in recent years, Liverpool’s two new signings will be able to prove to be just as effective, if not more so, in front of the goal.
“It is a big, big gap (Torres) for Andy Carroll to fill but he has shown he can score goals at the top level. We will have to wait until he is fit but hopefully Andy and Luis will be great signings for us because that will be another thing which will help us towards our targets.”

Andy Carroll Scores For Newcastle

Liverpool have proven in the last few games that Torres hasn’t hurt their chances of finishing the season in the top 6, winning 4 of their last 4 games. Even Gerrard has admitted that the club is better off without him.
“We’ve had some good results. The lads are smiling again. I’ve actually enjoyed going to work again. It’s (the club) in a better place than it has been for a few years.”

Bootspotting: International Friendlies

International friendlies aren’t exactly the definition of exciting in many cases, but yesterday’s games left us with some pretty good bootspots.

France vs Brazil

Both Brazil and France had a chance to show off their new Nike kits, and for France it was their first game since their changeover from Adidas to the American company. Hugo Lloris looked like he was ready to play a game of “Where’s Wally?”.

Despite the flurry of new releases by Puma, Loic Remy thought it best to stay with an oldie in the form of the Puma V1.08 Black/Team gold colourway.

Bacary Sagna thought it fitting to wear the new Puma Powercat Tokyo colourway as he was one of many who wore the new boots.

Netherlands vs Austria

Oranje hoped to keep up their impressive recent form with a challenging match against Austria.

Gregory Van Der Wiel matched his boots perfectly with his kit by wearing the newly released Puma V1.10 orange/blue/white.

Eljero Elia did likewise with the adiZero IIs, which almost look designed to go with the Holland kit.

South Africa vs Kenya

The most low profile tie here still provided some good spots.

Dennis Oliech is one of the growing list of players opting to add the laces from the black/white/electricity adiZero IIs to his orange Primes.

Bernard Parker was spotted wearing what look to be a pair of Predators PowerSwerves, easily the most unusual spot of the day.

Germany vs. Italy

Two superpowers of football faced off in what promised to be an exciting match.

Christian Maggio looked to be wearing the Lhotto Zhero Gravity.

Giorgio Chellini and Gianlugi Buffon were two more players wearing the Puma Powercat Tokyo colourway.

Colombia vs Spain

Newly crowned Team of the Year Spain, faced off against Colombia.

All three players in this photo, including David Villa are wearing the new adiZero IIs, a sign of just how popular the boots have become.

Colombia captain Mario Yepes wearing a pair of Asics Tigreor, a boot that isn’t regularly seen.

England vs Denmark

A youthful England team had the challenge of overcoming Denmark.

Darren Bent and Michael Dawson were both spotted wearing Umbro Specialis, but their on pitch performances were anything close to similar.

and finally,

West Ham’s central midfielder Scott Parker stuck with his usual blacked out pair of Nike T90 Laser IIIs.

These weren’t all the matches played yesterday so there must have been other boot spots. If you saw any others, leave a comment in the section below.

Check Out What's Just Arrived…

They’re bright, they’re light. They can only be one thing.

That’s it. We’ve got the new Adizeros! We have to give a huge thanks to Jeremy Drake down at Elite Sports Properties in Sydney. Without them, this wouldn’t be possible. Weighing in at an incredible 165 grams, these superlight boots feel incredible in your hands. You don’t really appreciate how light 165 grams are until you actually hold the boots. It’s an incredible achievement by Adidas.

With the revolutionary SprintSkin upper and Sprint Frame construction, less layers have meant that Adidas have been able to further reduce the weight of the boot. For a boot that’s cheaper and lighter than the Nike Superfly II, Adidas have managed to further extend their lead in the speed boot market over the American based company.

To be released on the 15th of February, expect a ‘first impressions’ review to be up early next week, before the release of the actual boots. We will of course have the full standard review of the boot after more testing, which will be within 2 months.

Check Out What’s Just Arrived…

They’re bright, they’re light. They can only be one thing.

That’s it. We’ve got the new Adizeros! We have to give a huge thanks to Jeremy Drake down at Elite Sports Properties in Sydney. Without them, this wouldn’t be possible. Weighing in at an incredible 165 grams, these superlight boots feel incredible in your hands. You don’t really appreciate how light 165 grams are until you actually hold the boots. It’s an incredible achievement by Adidas.

With the revolutionary SprintSkin upper and Sprint Frame construction, less layers have meant that Adidas have been able to further reduce the weight of the boot. For a boot that’s cheaper and lighter than the Nike Superfly II, Adidas have managed to further extend their lead in the speed boot market over the American based company.

To be released on the 15th of February, expect a ‘first impressions’ review to be up early next week, before the release of the actual boots. We will of course have the full standard review of the boot after more testing, which will be within 2 months.

Puma Powercat Tokyo Colorway

In the newest version of PUMA’s PWR-C 1.10 FG, an eye-catching graffiti graphic inspired by the fast-paced, cutting edge style of the city of Tokyo teams up with power-enhancing technology.

Synthetic microfiber upper with SpringTech foam creates explosive shooting. PowerGil technology further enhances kicking power by putting extra power behind the ball as it is released. This is a shoe for those who like to have fun on the field.

The material mix on the upper – using a combination of soft thin kangaroo leather in the vamp with synthetic microfiber around the heel area – keeps weight down to boost control and touch.

There’s a TPU-injected external heel counter for stability and an EVA insole for comfort.

Lightweight TPU-injected outsole with pointed stud configuration.

Details:

  • Family: PWR-C
  • Ball Control Elements: yes
  • Ball Control Type: PowerGil Technology
  • External Heel Counter: yes
  • How Attached To Upper: Cemented and Riveted
  • Insole Material: EVA foam
  • Insole Removable: yes
  • Lacing: Asymmetrical
  • Outsole Material: TPU
  • Primary Upper Material: Synthetic
  • Stud Material: PU
  • Stud Shape: Bladed
  • Suitable For: Firm Natural Surfaces
  • Weight: 10.4 oz.

Puma V1.10 Graphic Colorway

PUMA continues to challenge the expected with the v1.10 II i Graphic FG, cutting-edge, game-changing technology meets cutting edge style. With colors that pop, a graphic inspired by the streets of Tokyo and technology that transforms – the only thing to outshine this boot on the field will be your game.

Soft, abrasion-resistant microfiber upper has a grip texture and a lace cover for sure ball contact and control.

A TPU injected external heel counteroffers heel stability and support.

The one-piece Pebax outsole frame has carbon fiber composite embedded in the forefoot for lightweight support and stability. And a pointed stud configuration is designed for hair-blowing speed.

Details:

  • Family: V-Speed
  • External Heel Counter: yes
  • How Attached To Upper: Cemented and Riveted
  • Insole Material: EVA foam
  • Insole Removable: yes
  • Lacing: Covered
  • Outsole Material: Pebax
  • Outsole Performance features: carbon fiber
  • Primary Upper Material: Microfibre
  • Stud Material: PU
  • Stud Shape: Bladed
  • Studs Removable: no
  • Suitable For: Firm Natural Surfaces
  • Weight: 8.2 oz.

Umbro Stealth Pro II

While we were able to show you images of Umbro’s new control football boots quite a few months ago, we didn’t have the specs, nor were they officially released until today. Now we have all the details plus better images of the English brand’s latest boots.

The latest addition to Umbro’s celebrated boot collection is a smarter, sleeker, deadlier version of its predecessor – the STII. Designed for the smarter player on the pitch, the STII builds on the success of existing Umbro boots but with some exciting upgrades and improvements.

First of all, the boot is available with either leather or synthetic uppers, offering players the choice they prefer.

Secondly, those uppers offer improved control and an increased strike zone, thanks to embossed medial grooves providing greater purchase.

Alongside improved comfort thanks to a cushioned insole, the STII also provides greater traction through improved configuration of the studs.

All together, these elements add up to a boot that will let you get on with what you do best, beating the opposition, and looking great while you do it.

In Profile: Luis Alberto Suarez

He doesn’t care if he’s playing on the streets of Montevideo or on a beautiful pitch in front of 50,000 screaming fans, as long as he has a ball in his possession and a goal in front of him. At 4 years old, he wasn’t much of a footballer. Luis was just another kid on the streets kicking around a rolled-up towel towards a makeshift goal. No one who knew him at the time would have guessed that this scrawny Uruguayan would turn into one of the most skilled strikers in the world.

Luis Suarez As A Boy

His first experience of club football came when he was just 7 years old in Montevideo. Locals who watched him play knew that he was too good to be playing barefoot on the street and soon enough, word spread of his talents until he was invited to go to a camp in Argentina. As big as the opportunity was, 11 year old Luis Suarez couldn’t even afford a pair of shoes, so he was forced to reject the offer.

He didn’t give up though, and by the age of 14 he was being noticed by scouts from Nacional de Montevideo, one of the biggest clubs in Uruguay. He worked hard, moving higher and higher, and just two years after signing, Suarez was promoted to the first team at 16 years old. A year later he was scoring goal after goal, netting 12 goals in 29 matches, helping Nacional win the Uruguayan first division.

Luis Suarez For Groningen

An offer came in for Suarez from Groningen, in the Dutch Eredivisie, and he jumped at the opportunity to play in Europe. Groningen paid 800,000 Euros for the 19 year old, but he was unsuccessful to begin with because of the language barrier. As Luis struggled to learn both Dutch and English, Bruno Silva, the only other Uruguayan at the club, helped with translations and allowed the new boy to fit in. Though his first few games in Holland were for Groningen’s second team, Suarez quickly adapted to the Dutch game and began to play just like he did back home, scoring 17 goals for his team.

Just one season in Holland and Luis Suarez was already on the radar of much bigger clubs. When Ryan Babel went to the Premier League from Ajax, the club decided on none other than the 20 year old to take his place. Their first bid for the striker was for 3.5million euros, but Groningen decided he was worth more than that. Ajax didn’t mind spending the cash, as they believed Suarez had the potential to become world class. They raised their bid to 7.5million euros and Luis was more than happy to sign for the club.

The Uruguayan international hit a few bumps in his career at Ajax, mainly due to his anger issues, but the next five years brought Luis Suarez more success than anyone could have predicted. Johan Cruyff, Marco van Basten, and Dennis Bergkamp are all Dutch legends, top scorers for both club and country, and some of the only players in history to have ever scored over 100 goals for Ajax, and yet Suarez managed the feat himself in just five years.

During his time at Ajax, Suarez was named Eredivisie top scorer, Ajax player of the year, and the 2010 IFFHS top goalscorer. By his last season at Ajax, in which he scored 49 goals, no one expected him to ever leave the Dutch club, but on the 28th of January 2011 Ajax reluctantly accepted a £22.8 million bid from Liverpool for their lethal striker. He passed the medical and is officially the new number 7 for Liverpool.

Luis Suarez For Liverpool

A goal on his debut has the fans convinced that Luis Suarez will become yet another brilliant player to wear Liverpool’s legendary number 7.

He began on the streets playing barefoot with his friends and ended up as a world class player. Luis beat all the odds and made it to the top, even in circumstances that would have knocked most others down. His life tells a story of rags to riches, and Suarez proved that sheer determination, along with natural talent, helped him become one of the best finishers on the planet.

Wiki(Boot)Leaks: Boot Calendar Update – 9/2/11

Our new updated boot calendar contains the usual, new boots and updated boot releases. However, we now know what the new Predators are actually be called. And it’s not Kinetic.

February 2011

March 2011

April and May 2011

  • We believe there are none at the moment because it would be near the end of the season in Europe, hence no point releasing any new boots with all the hype on world football.

June 2011

July 2011

August

September

October

In case you guys need more clarification, the Predators with the TPU bottom (or the lighter one) is called the Predator SL. The regular Predator without the SprintFrame or TPU Bottom is called the AdiPower. The name AdiPower was trademarked by Adidas so we’re very sure it’s going to be used for the Predator series.

The Daily Planet: McClaren Gets The Sack

VfL Wolfsburg have confirmed the sacking of their manager, Steve McClaren, after he failed to produce any magic with the German side. His last match for the club resulted in a 1-0 loss at Hannover 96. A mere 5 wins in a total 21 matches, gave the club no choice but to fire the ex-England manager.

Steve McClaren

The Englishman capped a successful 2010 with FC Twente by winning the Dutch Eredivisie title before moving to the German giants. Supporters had high hopes for the new season, but 1 win in 11 games has left Wolfsburg sitting in 12th position, just 1 point outside the relegation zone.
The team’s chairman of the board, Dr Francisco Javier Garcia Sanz, has explained that the club were left with no choice.
“We have not seen any alternative,” he said. “Following the recent negative results we cannot underestimate our situation in the table. Being only one point clear of the relegation places, we are alarmed.”

Pierre Littbarski

In an interview, representatives from Wolfsburg announced McClaren’s replacement. They informed the press that Pierre Littbarski, Steve’s old assistant, will be taking on the role. Wolfsburg chief executive assured fans that Littbarski is fully competent to take on the managerial duties on a permanent basis. “We talked at great length with him. He has convinced us that he will take the necessary measures in our situation.”

Puma v1.10 SL Fluro Orange/Blue Aster/White Colorway

Here is the latest Puma v1.10 SL colorway!

Specs:

UPPER: Supersoft and ultra thin premium microfiber.

OUTSOLE: One piece of pebax with acarbon fiber inset to minimize weight and increase stability. A PUMA AptoLast mimics the shape of the foot.

Details:

  • Outsole Material: TPU
  • Primary Upper Material: Microfibre
  • Stud Material: PU
  • Stud Shape: Bladed
  • Studs Removable: no
  • Suitable For: Firm Natural Surfaces
  • Weight: 5.3 oz.

What do you think of these new flamboyant boots from Puma?

Wiki(Boot)Leaks: New Nike Tiempo Legend IV and CTR Maestri II Colourway

We’ve been speculating about the Nike Tiempo IV’s for a while, the common agreement being that they needed a real makeover. Today we’ve found images of a really nice new Nike Tiempo Legend IV colourway, which brings us to two colourways that we now know of. This boot looks to be a step in the right direction, as the bright orange studs really compliment the black upper. The new Tiempos look to be a really nice move away from the rather ‘disgusting’ releases of the Tiempo III, such as the White/Black/Volt boots.

James showed you these back in December

Here’s two other Nike CTR360 Maestri II colourways we’ve found, the second of which that we’ve already shown you in December, but this is a better image of it. The CTR II’s are beginning to become one of the dominant boots in the market, with loads of players wearing them week in week out in the major footballing leagues. These colourways are additions to the already nice range that the CTR II’s have, and it doesn’t look like their growth in popularity is going to wane anytime soon.

What are you impressions about these boots? Leave your comments in the section below.

The Truth Behind Adidas Kits

Unfortunately, if you thought that the kit you bought of your favorite team was the one the players were wearing, it is not the case. Recently SER, with James at the helm, have dug deep into the issue and have come up with some interesting news.

Over the years, I thought that all my Liverpool Adidas kits were the real deal as they did not come cheap in any means! It’s quite disappointing to find out you are spending $70 plus on a kit that the players are not even wearing.
So how can you tell?

First of all, all the club and national kits besides the techfit kits have the climacool logo on them. If it says ClimaCool on it, then that means that it is a Replica/not player issue. Unfortunately, Adidas do not sell the ‘Authentic’ version for most clubs and only sell a limited stock of techfit kits for a selected number of teams. There are 2 authentic versions of kits that the players get to chose from though, Techfit or ForMotion. Both of these kits feature a rubbery Adidas logo that is bonded or pressed onto the kit. The replica version features a different material and it is stitched on. The 3 stripes on the sleeve are also pressed on and are made of a different material then the replica kits; it’s a bit like a thin rubbery tape. Material wise, the Formotion kits are a little tighter and made out of lighter and better quality materials than the ClimaCool version. The Techfit version depending on the design, will use some of the Formotion or higher quality ClimaCool materials as well as the Techfit material. The Liverpool home kit features ClimaCool material on the front and back of the kit, and on the sides and sleeves it uses Techfit material.
Who uses what?

It really depends on the template of the kit; for teams that have Techfit kits with Powerweb, the players usually opt to wear the Formotion version with teams like AC Milan and Bayern Munich. With teams like Chelsea and Liverpool, the majority of the squad wear Techfit. Real Madrid are the team I can’t quite understand with every squad member choosing to wear Formotion kits.
Lets take a look at some Kit Spotting!
Liverpool:

Luis Suarez wearing the Techfit Liverpool jersey- you can tell by the tightness and the silver Techfit logo.
Not the greatest picture of Maxi Rodriguez, but you can just see the Techfit logo on the bottom left of his kit.
Liverpool’s Daniel Agger wearing Techfit.
Christian Poulsen wearing a more loosely made techfit kit. Quite a few Liverpool players seem to be wearing Techfit kits like Christian Poulsen’s that are a little looser. They probably prefer the material of the looser Techfit kits to the Formotion kits.
Chelsea:
Drogba, Kalou and Anelka all looking like they had had their Chelsea kits painted on! All three of them are wearing Techfit. You can see the Techfit logo on Anelka’s kit as well.
Chelsea’s midfield maestro Frank Lampard wearing Chelsea’s Techfit home kit. They should be called the Adidas ‘Bodypaint Kits’ as it looks like Adidas have them made extra tight for the Chelsea players!
Real Madrid:
The first Formotion kit spotting is of Karem Benzema. You can tell by the logo and the looser fit.
New loan man Adebayor was spotted scoring his first goal for Real Madrid in a Formotion kit as you can vaguely tell by the logo.
Cristiano spotted lining up for a free kick wearing the Formotion kit. Out of all the players on the Real Madrid squad, you would think Cristiano Ronaldo would be the one wearing the skin tight Techfit kit.
Ac Milan:
Robinho is one of the few AC Milan players to wear the Techfit home kit, however Robinho interestingly wears the Formotion away kit on his side’s travels.

Cassano and Ibrahimovic both along with the majority of their teammates are wearing the Formotion kits. You can see the logo on Ibrahomovic’s kit.

Bayern Munich:
Arjen Robben is only one of a few players at Bayern who prefer the Techfit kits over the Formotion ones. You can see the Techfit powerbands going down the side of his kit.
Schweinsteiger wearing a little looser fitting Techfit kit and if you look closely, you can see faintly see the powerbands.
What do you think about the 3 different versions of kids Adidas make? Should they remove the ClimaCool kits and sell the Formotion and Techfit kits for every club? Tell us what you think!

View from the Couch: Fernando Who? "You Should Have Stayed with a Real Club"

A new number 9 making his debut against his former club doesn’t happen everyday. While many people created images of a certain Spaniard celebrating in front of the fans who used to adore him in their minds, it didn’t quite work out.

It was the most eagerly anticipated football match of the year so far. While it would be normally be seen as a meeting of two EPL powerhouses, the events of Monday the 31st of January made it the EPL game of the year. A casual £50 million transfer made this game the biggest game of the year.

All eyes were on Torres from the start. Would the Chelsea fans accept him? How will Liverpool fans come to terms their former idol? Is he the spark for Chelsea’s potential late surge up the table?

Chelsea had to adjust their formation, as many pundits expected. Torres partnered up with Drogba up front, with Anelka playing as a CAM, which served as the head of a diamond midfield formation, which meant Malouda and Kalou had to be content with places on the bench. Liverpool countered this with a 5-3-2 and an incredibly well organized defence. This was strike 1 for Chelsea. Liverpool almost seemed to read Ancelotti’s mind and played the perfect formation to counter a diamond midfield.

The game wasn’t incredibly close. Chelsea weren’t unlucky to lose. There were two important factors missing from the Chelsea that every team needs. Width and creativity. Chelsea had neither of those. While the squad does have players who will provide the latter, the former is definitely something that is lacking from the squad. It lead to Chelsea having a serious lack of penetration. Strike 2 for Chelsea. Mikel and Lampard were forced to take on unnatural right and left midfield positions respectively. These guys are center midfielders. It was never going to work out for Chelsea. This also explained Chelsea’s lack of creativity. Lampard has pools of it and he can’t put it to any use out on the flanks.

The formation may prove successful away from home, however when ever teams travel to Stamford Bridge, they would be inclined to simply put bodies in the box and defend at all costs. Whenever Torres or Drogba went out to the flank on the rare occasions and dragged centre backs from their natural positions, Anelka was able to rampage into the box.  If Chelsea play Malouda and change their formation, he or maybe even Ashley Cole might be able to cross it in and put it on the head of a rampaging Lampard or Anelka making a late run into the box. Chelsea and Ancelotti will need to figure out what will work for them.

One thing that needs to be stated is that Torres will need more time to settle in. Chelsea fans hoped and prayed that the Spaniard would make his goal scoring debut against his former club and instantly provide a return on Chelsea’s £50 million investment. Is it that too much was expected of him? Or has the romance of football disappeared? While Torres may have been refreshed with his British transfer record fee, he looked as uninterested and out of form as he was for Liverpool.  He retired to chants “you should have stayed with a real club” from his former fans and his expression was unmoved after Meireles scored the winner for Liverpool. He will need more time to adjust to his surroundings.

Liverpool must be applauded for their performance though. Liverpool are now sixth on the table and with 4 wins in 4 games, Arsenal are the only team that have collected more points than Liverpool in the last 6 games (13 as opposed to 14). He’s (Kenny Daglish) breathed a new air of confidence into the club. On his first few games, it felt like a team that were waiting for their new signings, Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez, to come in and take over. Yet neither of those two played and Liverpool were to more fluent of the two teams on show. Meireles worked tirelessly and is becoming prolific, Kelly is growing in confidence by the day and looks to become the next big thing, Glen Johnson marauding down the wing has worked effectively, Skrtel is starting to grow in stature and even Carragher had a fantastic game, denying Torres a great chance with a fantastic last ditch tackle. This hasn’t become a team that is said to be nothing without Gerrard. Gerrard seemed to be insignificant compared to how some of his team-mates played.

Torres may have to wait another day to prove his worth. But he will have to wait till next season until he has the oppurtunity to score against his former club.

Did you catch the game? What did you think of Torres’ debut?

View from the Couch: Fernando Who? “You Should Have Stayed with a Real Club”

A new number 9 making his debut against his former club doesn’t happen everyday. While many people created images of a certain Spaniard celebrating in front of the fans who used to adore him in their minds, it didn’t quite work out.

It was the most eagerly anticipated football match of the year so far. While it would be normally be seen as a meeting of two EPL powerhouses, the events of Monday the 31st of January made it the EPL game of the year. A casual £50 million transfer made this game the biggest game of the year.

All eyes were on Torres from the start. Would the Chelsea fans accept him? How will Liverpool fans come to terms their former idol? Is he the spark for Chelsea’s potential late surge up the table?

Chelsea had to adjust their formation, as many pundits expected. Torres partnered up with Drogba up front, with Anelka playing as a CAM, which served as the head of a diamond midfield formation, which meant Malouda and Kalou had to be content with places on the bench. Liverpool countered this with a 5-3-2 and an incredibly well organized defence. This was strike 1 for Chelsea. Liverpool almost seemed to read Ancelotti’s mind and played the perfect formation to counter a diamond midfield.

The game wasn’t incredibly close. Chelsea weren’t unlucky to lose. There were two important factors missing from the Chelsea that every team needs. Width and creativity. Chelsea had neither of those. While the squad does have players who will provide the latter, the former is definitely something that is lacking from the squad. It lead to Chelsea having a serious lack of penetration. Strike 2 for Chelsea. Mikel and Lampard were forced to take on unnatural right and left midfield positions respectively. These guys are center midfielders. It was never going to work out for Chelsea. This also explained Chelsea’s lack of creativity. Lampard has pools of it and he can’t put it to any use out on the flanks.

The formation may prove successful away from home, however when ever teams travel to Stamford Bridge, they would be inclined to simply put bodies in the box and defend at all costs. Whenever Torres or Drogba went out to the flank on the rare occasions and dragged centre backs from their natural positions, Anelka was able to rampage into the box. If Chelsea play Malouda and change their formation, he or maybe even Ashley Cole might be able to cross it in and put it on the head of a rampaging Lampard or Anelka making a late run into the box. Chelsea and Ancelotti will need to figure out what will work for them.

One thing that needs to be stated is that Torres will need more time to settle in. Chelsea fans hoped and prayed that the Spaniard would make his goal scoring debut against his former club and instantly provide a return on Chelsea’s £50 million investment. Is it that too much was expected of him? Or has the romance of football disappeared? While Torres may have been refreshed with his British transfer record fee, he looked as uninterested and out of form as he was for Liverpool. He retired to chants “you should have stayed with a real club” from his former fans and his expression was unmoved after Meireles scored the winner for Liverpool. He will need more time to adjust to his surroundings.

Liverpool must be applauded for their performance though. Liverpool are now sixth on the table and with 4 wins in 4 games, Arsenal are the only team that have collected more points than Liverpool in the last 6 games (13 as opposed to 14). He’s (Kenny Daglish) breathed a new air of confidence into the club. On his first few games, it felt like a team that were waiting for their new signings, Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez, to come in and take over. Yet neither of those two played and Liverpool were to more fluent of the two teams on show. Meireles worked tirelessly and is becoming prolific, Kelly is growing in confidence by the day and looks to become the next big thing, Glen Johnson marauding down the wing has worked effectively, Skrtel is starting to grow in stature and even Carragher had a fantastic game, denying Torres a great chance with a fantastic last ditch tackle. This hasn’t become a team that is said to be nothing without Gerrard. Gerrard seemed to be insignificant compared to how some of his team-mates played.

Torres may have to wait another day to prove his worth. But he will have to wait till next season until he has the oppurtunity to score against his former club.

Did you catch the game? What did you think of Torres’ debut?

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