LIVERPOOL (Sporting Alert) — Every Chelsea manager who worked with Fernando Torres made the mistake of promising to see to it that the forward would recapture his Liverpool FC form.
What happened? They all got sacked and he remains a mystery.
However, newly appointed interim manager, Rafa Benitez finally hit the nail on its head when the former Liverpool boss, who coached Torres during his glory days with the Reds, admits that the Spanish international may have already passed his peak.
Torres scored 81 goals in 142 appearances for Liverpool, including 56 from 79 Premier League games after he was signed by Benitez in 2007.
However, the 28-year-old has only netted 19 time since his 2011 move to Chelsea and Benitez believes the struggling frontman may not recapture his Liverpool form.
Although he claimed he could still get back to scoring goals with some help.
“It [the form of Torres] is not the same now as when he was at his maximum but I think he can come back,” Benitez said.
“How close? I don’t know. It also depends on the rest of the team. I think he can improve but the team has to help him.”
After being dropped from the starting line-up in the 3-0 Champions League defeat to Juventus last week, Torres returned to the first XI, but was a huge disappointment again.
“The first thing is to give him some confidence; give him instructions of what he can do in a different way to improve him and the rest of the team a little bit physically,” added Benitez.