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Torres reveals Anfield return was 1st game in 5 years – wants to be back “next season”

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Fernando Torres was delighted to be back at Anfield and scoring in front of the Kop again, and he revealed it was the first time he’s played football since retiring five years ago!

Torres remians a decisive figure for Liverpool supporters due to the manner of his departure to Chelsea in 2011, but the Spaniard was given a warm reception at Anfield for his first-ever appearance in a Legends match.

The former No. 9 rounded off the scoring by scoring the fourth goal in a 4-2 comeback win over Ajax, and was given a standing ovation by a sold out crowd when his number was called late on.

The 40-year-old turned back the clock to give fans a hit of nostalgia, and the moment proved just as special for him on his return – and he’s already looking forward to a repeat!

“It’s the first time I’ve played since I finished football, five years ago, so I’m not fit, trust me!” Torres told reporters after the charity match.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, March 23, 2024: Liverpool's Fernando Torres (C) celebrates with team-mates Steven Gerrard (L) and Nabil El Zhar (R) after scoring the third goal during the LFC Foundation match between Liverpool FC Legends and Ajax FC Legends at Anfield. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“I do my best to train every day and to be able to come again next season and do a little bit better.

“It’s always special to play at Anfield and score in front of the Kop, even more today [as] we know we are here to help the foundation, which is the main thing.

“We are all really happy to be here, it doesn’t matter if we have things to do, always happy to help.

“It’s the first time I can come because I am coaching and, normally, I cannot find the time, so I was really looking forward to [it].

“It’s also a special day for Mr. Eriksson, he can now feel how special this club is. Absolutely beautiful day for everybody.”

The match saw Torres join up with Steven Gerrard again – with the Spaniard taking to social media after to say of his former captain “The best there is, the best there was… and the best there ever will be.”

It truly was a memorable day all in the name of the LFC Foundation, which will benefit thousands in the local area and beyond.

The Torres-shaped hole in some hearts may never quite heal, but occasions like this go to show how special this club truly is, and the Spaniard contributed a great deal and is seemingly eager to do so again.

We’ll see you next year then, Fernando!