How Liverpool Would Have Done With Peak Fernando Torres In Their Team Last Season
Liverpool came pretty much as close to winning the Premier League without winning it as anyone last season but what if peak Fernando Torres had been in their team?
There's many 'what ifs' that could have seen the Reds actually beat City to the title but what if former Liverpool striker Fernando Torres at his peak, 2007/08, had been transported into last season's team? The Liverpool Echo used Football Manager 19 to find out.
Back then the striker was still a hero at Anfield, before his move to Chelsea took some of the shine off, and he was in lethal form.
Torres bagged 24 goals in the Premier League that season to finish joint second in the league's golden boot race, although still seven goals behind Cristiano Ronaldo.
So could the newly retired Torres lead Liverpool to title victory? On the Liverpool Echo's game the Reds managed to be level on points at the top of the table with City going into the last, with the two sides incredibly playing each other on the final day.
And Torres struck twice to win the league for Klopp's side.
It seems that on the game Torres took the place of Roberto Firmino in the team and ended up as the club's leading scorer in the league with 19 goals.
Those title winning goals, and a further eight assists in the league, won the former Atletico Madrid striker both Player of the Season awards too, a decent haul for the year.
In reality Torres hung up his boots last week, after playing his final game for Japanese side Sagan Tosu, at the age of 35.
The forward scored 262 goals in club football and bagged another 38, in 110 games, for the Spain national side.
He won the Europa League with both Chelsea and Atletico Madrid and the Champions League for the former as well as the World Cup and Euros with Spain.
Which player at their peak would you want to put in your team's current squad?
(H/t Liverpool Echo)