15 July 2024

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The 13 players Liverpool signed alongside Fernando Torres – & how they fared

Following their 2-1 Champions League final defeat to AC Milan in 2007, Liverpool signed Fernando Torres from Atletico Madrid for a then club-record fee of £20.2million. 

Torres was at the peak of his powers during his time at Anfield, scoring 81 goals in 142 appearances before joining Chelsea in January 2011.

But the striker wasn’t the only arrival at Liverpool that summer, and we’ve taken a closer look at the other 13 players the Reds signed ahead of the 2007-08 season.

Emiliano Insua 

After joining Liverpool from Boca Juniors, Insua had to wait until the 2009-10 season before he finally established himself as a first-team regular.

But the left-back was immediately deemed surplus to requirements by Roy Hodgson and joined Sporting Lisbon in 2011 following a loan spell at Galatasaray.

“It was sad for me to leave because I was feeling really well at Liverpool,” Insua told The Guardian in 2019. “I wanted to stay, but Hodgson told me I will not play [under him]. I was young and I wanted to play, so I left.

“Hodgson then signed Paul Konchesky to be the left-back, but Konchesky did not do well for Liverpool … maybe I should have stayed.”

Andriy Voronin

Voronin only scored six goals during his three years at Liverpool, a tally that Torres beat inside his first 12 appearances for the club.

Yossi Benayoun

Despite verbally agreeing on a new long-term contract with West Ham, Benayoun changed his mind and completed a £5million move to Liverpool.

The Israel international was often the man for the big occasion and scored 29 goals in 134 appearances for the Reds, including hat-tricks in the Champions League, Premier League and FA Cup.

“I need a player like [Yossi] with a quality pass, always looking for the striker,” Torres said in 2009. “I always say to him that if I was manager, he’d always play.”\

But Benayoun never quite nailed down a regular starting spot under Rafa Benitez and decided to join Chelsea in 2010.

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