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The Liverpool players named Torres are nothing new.

Fernando, at least before his departure and arrival at Chelsea in 2011, was revered around Anfield for his scoring exploits and his explosive pace and quality.

And now reports suggest that another Torres may soon arrive in Merseyside.

Valencia winger Ferran Torres, a 20-year-old Spaniard who Liverpool would track for more than two years, has been likened to Real Madrid wide man Marco Asensio, a player who has been linked to a move to Liverpool in the past too.

Talk to Blood Red for a special podcast on La Liga and the summer transfer window, Spanish football analyst Domagoj Kostanjšak explained why the interest shown by Liverpool made a lot of sense.

He said: “Torres is one of the brightest players in La Liga – and even in Europe too.

“He is a very technical winger with rhythm and he dribbles well.

“He likes to run and he beats his marker easily most of the time.

“He is good with both feet and that makes him deadly: he can go inside and shoot or outside and put crosses in the box.

“It’s pretty much the whole package except for its finish, which still needs a little bit of work.

“But he’s really young, so I would say the sky is the limit.”

Torres has scored four goals and four assists this season to date, so his last ball still needs work.

But it has Champions League experience and has also played in 25 of the 27 Valencia championship matches this season, showing a level of consistency and resilience.



Ferran Torres of Valencia watches before the Liga match against Atletico Madrid
Ferran Torres of Valencia watches before the Liga match against Atletico Madrid

Torres could also offer a more cost-effective option as a backup for Liverpool wingers than other more expensive potential targets such as that of Borussia Dortmund. Jadon Sancho.

With Sancho’s price higher than Liverpool’s in terms of transfer fees, Torres may well be a viable alternative.

Kostanjšak added: “I would say he is like Sancho or even like Vinicius Junior at Real Madrid.

“[His next move] depends on the playing time he would get in these clubs.

Jurgen Klopp loves prolific wingers and Torres is one of them.

“He’s fast, he’s good on the ball, and I don’t think there’s a team out there who wouldn’t want it if they could get it.

“I would say, however, that he is way ahead of his age, both mentally and in terms of ability.

“His decision-making is on the point and he has already played regularly on the biggest stages, so he is ready for a stage, but he needs time to play.”

“Rotting on the bench won’t do him any good.”

Torres has a release clause of 100 million euros included in his contract, but according to reports, the Spanish side could accept almost half of this figure, the player having refused a renewal.

Its current agreement will expire in June 2021, with stiff competition for the Reds in the form of Juventus, Manchester United, Barcelona and real Madrid, to name just four clubs, ready to queue for his signature.

Kostanjšak concluded: “If Torres does not sign a new contract and he is adamant about leaving, I think that 60 million euros would be roughly correct, but 100 million euros is a bit much even for a piece of jewelry like him.

“It will be really difficult for Valencia to keep it, but for me, at the moment, it seems like a matter of time – it will outgrow the club.

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“He will eventually have to go to a bigger club.”

It remains to be seen whether Liverpool has increased its interest in Torres over the next few months, although stylistically and in terms of player participation cost, a deal seems to make a lot of sense.

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