On this day in 2007, Fernando Torres made his debut for Liverpool and it was very quickly a love affair between the Spaniard and the Reds. Liverpool signed the then 23-year-old from boyhood club Atletico Madrid, where Torres had attracted all of the top clubs across Europe during a breakthrough six-year spell. But Liverpool secured his signature in exchange for a £20million fee, and Luis Garcia also went as part of the deal.
After suffering a setback due to a cracked shinbone, a then 17-year-old Torres was sent to train with the first team in order to boost his fitness for pre-season, but he impressed so much that he was handed his debut in May 2001. A week later, he scored his first senior goal, but a then second division Atletico side narrowly missed out on promotion to La Liga.
Atletico were promoted the following season, with Torres featuring 36 times throughout that campaign, and the youngster netted 13 La Liga goals in his first ever year in the Spanish top flight. Following that year, new Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich launched a £28m bid for the Spaniard, but it was rejected.