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Reds complete Torres swoop
04 Jul 2007 - 16:10:14
Liverpool have shattered their transfer record to sign Fernando Torres after unveiling the £26.5million forward to the media wearing the club's famous number nine shirt.
The 23-year-old striker has put pen to paper on a six-year deal at Anfield and is the latest in a long line of glittering names to wear the famous shirt vacated by Robbie Fowler at the end of last season.
The fee paid to Atletico Madrid to sign the Spain international eclipses the £14million former Reds boss Gerard Houllier splashed out on Djibril Cisse from Auxerre three years ago.
"It has been a difficult decision to leave my all-time club," admitted Torres, who scored 82 goals in 214 league appearances at Atletico.
"The Liverpool offer arrived and I told the club only to listen to that offer because that is the team I wanted to play for. It's one of the best, if not the best, clubs in Europe.
"It would have been hard for me to reject Liverpool's offer. It is a big leap for me and I think it was the right thing for everyone."
Meanwhile, Torres admitted the decision to leave Atletico after 11 years had been a wrench.
"Liverpool are giving me the number nine jersey which shows the confidence they have placed in me, when considering those who have worn that shirt before me," he added.
"But I will always feel at home at Atletico.
"I am proud of what I achieved here, my heart will always be Rojiblanco regardless of where I go.
"I want to thank the fans, who have shown a lot of support over the years and I hope to return one day.
"I have my conscience clear of what I have achieved. I believe this is a good decision for me and for the club."