Liverpool latest signing Georginio Wijnaldum says he still cherishes Fernando Torres and has held on to the shirt of the player even after so many years.
The player made the revelation recently after signing to play for the club ahead of the coming season. He becomes the seventh signing of coach Jurgen Klopp as he refurbishes the team to face the fierce competition in the Premier League.
Far back in 2007, the new signing was a 16-year old trying to find his feet at Feyenoord. He was an unused substitute when they played against Liverpool with Fernando Torres in his prime. The game turned brutal when the referee blew the whistle for the game to be over after the stalemate of 1-1 was not broken in regular time. It was a pre season friendly and the former Newcastle player got the shirt of the former Kop hero in the midst of the chaos.
The spiteful game in Rotterdam went that way as Feyenoord’s Theo Lucius pushed the now-retired Reds veteran Daniel Agger around the throat. Steven Gerrard clashed with a Feyenoord rival and all hell was let loose. However, the trouble didn’t stop young Wijnaldum to get the shirt of Torres who was a very in-form striker for the Reds. The former Merseyside top striker was a big hero for the player.
“I was sitting on the bench for the whole game and after the game, there were some arguments between players but I spotted Torres standing there. I like Torres because of the way he played and scored goals. He was a really good player so I went over to him and asked if we could swap shirts,” the latest Kop player said. He added that he still has the shirt as he was a huge fan. He said aside football he would have been a gymnast.