Transfer shock

Liverpool reject Blues bid for Torres

January 28, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Liverpool have confirmed that they have rejected an offer from Chelsea for their star striker Fernando Torres.

Fernando Torres has been sporadically linked with a possible move to Stamford Bridge
GettyImagesFernando Torres has been sporadically linked with a possible move to Stamford Bridge

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Torres is known to have long been a target for Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich but his attempt to recruit the World Cup winner in January has failed after Liverpool stated their intent to retain Torres' services.

"Chelsea have made a bid for Fernando which has been turned down," a Liverpool spokesman told The Times. "The player is not for sale."

Torres has scored 65 goals in 102 Premier League appearances for Liverpool, but only nine of those have come this season as he struggled with his form in the wake of a demanding World Cup campaign, and under the doomed reign of Roy Hodgson.

Prior to Hodgson's dismissal and the return of Kenny Dalglish, it was reported that both Torres and goalkeeper Jose Reina were seriously considering their futures at Anfield, with the club struggling to pull decisively clear of the relegation zone.

However, his performances have improved alongside an upturn in Liverpool's results, and the club have shown their determination to secure the future of the man who joined the club from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2007.