Why Liverpool should sell Fernando Torres to Chelsea
Not so long ago, selling a Kop idol of the Spaniard’s stature would be unthinkable for the most successful club in English football.
But these are precarious times at Anfield.
Liverpool’s apparent renaissance under Kenny Dalglish should not paper over the cracks exposed during Roy Hodgson’s brief tenure.
Their current seventh place in the Premier League is a genuine reflection of where the Reds are at the moment.
They may be just three places away from the promised land of Champions League qualification, but in reality the current top five clubs are out of sight.
Even Dalglish cannot do anything about that with the current squad.
New owners Fenway Sports Group have already said that there is no provision in their own budget for the kind of transfer market raid that Liverpool need.
Selling Torres now would strip Liverpool of their top striker for the rest of the season.
But this campaign is already a write-off, as far as winning trophies or qualifying for the Champions League.
And at least his departure would give Dalglish – or the next manager – a £40million-plus kitty that would enable the rebuilding to begin.
With FSG yet to make a significant investment in new players, whoever is in charge in the summer will have the kind of financial muscle Hodgson could only dream of.
Liverpool no longer have to service the debts loaded on the club by Tom Hicks and George Gillett, so fans can be assured that any cash generated by the sale of Torres would be spent on the team.
Top teams don’t usually sell their best players, of course.
But the reality is that Liverpool are no longer a top team.