Spanish mates Torres and Reina face off

2011-11-19 14:40

Pepe Reina joined his old friend Fernando Torres on international duty last week.

But today for Liverpool, Reina faces Torres at Stamford Bridge, assuming the Chelsea striker is selected against his former club.
Torres was not in the starting lineup for Spain against England and Liverpool’s Andy Carroll did not even make Fabio Capello’s squad.

Since the dramatic final day of the January transfer window neither the most expensive player to move between two English clubs nor the record British signing has had the easiest of years.

Both have looked uncomfortable because of the size of the fee, although it could be argued Torres looked uncomfortable long before being sold.

The Liverpool goalkeeper particularly felt Torres’s pain at severing his Merseyside connection because he, too, had considered finding a new club.

He felt the Liverpool he ended up playing for was not the Liverpool he had joined and, like Torres, was told he had to stay because the club would not release any big-name players while they were in the process of being sold to new owners.
The only difference was that world-class strikers, even out-of-form ones, tend to be coveted more than goalkeepers and can still attract the sort of offer it would be difficult to refuse.

“I consider those months leading up to January to be the worst of my Liverpool career too,” Reina says.

“It was incredibly sad to see Fernando go but I could understand his reasons for leaving. He started to feel Liverpool were never going to be competitive again.

“He was struggling with his own form too but the way we were playing, I think even Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi would have struggled.

“We were playing without identity and it was probably the lowest point in Liverpool’s history.”

Liverpool certainly have a top player in Luis Suárez, whose form for his club and for Uruguay since arriving from Ajax for £23 million (About R297.6 million) has been consistently impressive.

Kenny Dalglish keeps claiming he is happy with Carroll’s progress and he has plenty of time on his side, though Capello would not have been the only detached observer to form the conclusion that to be considered a success, never mind justify his fee, the former Newcastle centre-forward needs to start more games and score more goals.

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