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The Fernando Torres phenomenon

Through Liverpool's illustrious history has a player rarely performed as greatly in his debut season as Fernando Torres. The enigmatic striker has captured the imagination of Reds all over the world by his virtuosity. Let's look at the legend El Niño has already created in his first season at Liverpool.

The most prolific striker in his debut season in Liverpool's post-war history.

Torres' average of a goal every 1.40 games (46 games/33 goals) is better than John Aldridge (1.55 games - 45/29), Ian Rush (1.63 - 49/30), Roger Hunt (1.65 - 38/23), Robbie Fowler (1.89 - 34/18), Michael Owen (1.91 - 44/23) and Kenny Dalglish (2 - 62/31) managed in their first full seasons.

The most prolific foreigner in his debut Premier league season 

The goal machine that is Ruud van Nistelrooy scored 23 league goals in his first season for Manchester United in the 2001/2002 season and that would take some beating. Torres knocked van Nistelrooy off his perch with his wonderful strike vs. Tottenham in the last round of the Premier league. 24 league goals a fact for Torres!

"The Kop" drawing shows Torres leading the way with Balmer, Rush and Fowler struggling to keep up with him. Few defenders could cope with Torres as he was measured as the third quickest player in the Premier League, at 20,5 mph (33 km/h) in full flight!

Two hat-tricks in a row at Anfield

Torres is the first player to score hat-tricks in two successive games at Anfield since Jack Balmer in November 1946. Balmer scored three goals vs Portsmouth at Anfield on the 9th, four vs Derby on the 16th at the Baseball Ground and three vs Arsenal on the 23rd at Anfield.

 24 goals at Anfield!

'Home sweet home'. Torres scored 24 of his 33 goals at Anfield and 17 of them in front of the Kop. "I can't explain it but I’m always more confident when I am facing that end of the pitch", says the Spanish master. He is only one of 9 players who have scored 20 goals or more in one season at Anfield.

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Player

Goals

Season

1

Roger Hunt

30

1961-1962

2

Ian Rush

30

1983-1984

3

Robbie Fowler

26

1995-1996

4

Fernando Torres

24

2007-2008

5

Robbie Fowler

23

1996-1997

6

Roger Hunt

23

1967-1968

7

Tony Hateley

21

1967-1968

8

Ian Rush

21

1986-1987

9

Gordon Hodgson

21

1930-1931

10

Jack Parkinson

21

1909-1910

11

Sam Raybould

21

1902-1903

12

Robbie Fowler

20

1994-1995

13

Billy Liddell

20

1955-1956

Scored in 8 games in a row at Anfield

Torres scored in his 8th home league game in a row vs. Manchester City, equalling the record set by Roger Hunt in the 1961-62 season, when the Reds were playing in the 2nd division. If Torres continues scoring in his first game at Anfield in the 2008-9 season he will go past Hunt's record.


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