Bodyguards needed for flop Fernando Torres
Liverpool fans get the last laugh as ‘treacherous’ Spaniard fails to perform for new club Chelsea
The Spanish footballer Fernando Torres, purchased from Liverpool by Chelsea last Monday at a record-breaking cost of £50m, had to be protected by Roman Abramovich's personal bodyguards in the run-up to his debut this afternoon. That was because - by cruel coincidence - Chelsea's first match with their new striker in place was against Liverpool.
Liverpool fans have been furious about the Spaniard's 'betrayal' ever since the Torres sale was announced minutes before the January 'transfer window' closed last Monday night.
Some fans burnt Torres shirts while others vented their anger online. It hasn't been helped by a series of unsympathetic comments from Torres, who has sought to belittle the Liverpool supporters fans by claiming he has now moved to a 'big' club.
According to the News of the World, such were the fears for Torres before today's clash at Chelsea's Stamford Bridge ground that Abramovich made his own bodyguards available to 'shadow' the player. The squad of guards is said to include former SAS soldiers.
By the end of the game, the bodyguards might have been needed to protect Torres from Chelsea fans. His debut was a big flop: he had barely a touch of the ball and no influence on the game. After 65 minutes he was substituted.
Liverpool, intent on proving they could win without Torres, did just that with a 1-0 victory. ·
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