Robbie is delighted Torres is on way

Fernando Torres has cut short his holiday, prepared a
farewell statement for his adoring Atletico fans and is set to arrive in the UK
today for a medical. Once formalities have been completed, which may not
actually be until tomorrow, Torres will become Liverpool’s record signing.

The striker had a £27m buyout clause in his contract, but it’s
believed that hasn’t been triggered by Liverpool, who may have paid as little as
£20m for the player. We say ‘little’ – but it still eclipses the previous
record of £14m paid by the club for Djibril Cisse in 2005.

Torres will almost certainly take over Robbie Fowler’s
vacant number 9 shirt when he officially joins, and he does so with the Kop
legend’s blessing. Fowler told Sky Sports that he was, as a fan, delighted with
the news Torres was coming: “His goals record has been fantastic in Spain. He
has scored plenty of goals for his country as well. I think he will be a great
player for Liverpool. I am a Liverpool fan and I hope he brings the
championship to Liverpool. Since I have been playing, we’ve never won that and,
as I said before, I am a fan, so I want Liverpool to win everything.”

Rafa made it clear he wanted to be signing players from a
slightly higher drawer than he had done before, and Robbie agrees this is
vital: “Signing players of this calibre will only help the club to get in a
position where they can challenge for titles.”

To win that title Liverpool need to build on their progress
from the last couple of season, and overtake the top two of Manchester United
and Chelsea: “It’s going to be a hard job to catch those two again, but
Liverpool have got the right man in charge and with the right players and a
little bit of luck, hopefully we’ll be talking at the end of the season about
Liverpool being champions.”

Despite the excitement over the amount of the Torres deal, there
is still a feeling that Liverpool have much more spending to do if Rafa Benítez
is to get what he felt he was promised. The potential income from transfers of
players like Djibril Cisse and Craig Bellamy, added to the new TV money and the
prize money from finishing third in the league and getting to the European Cup
final is all that seems to have been spent so far. Now Liverpool’s owners need
to add some extra funds to the pot for Rafa so he can go out and get the winger
he’s been waiting to sign.

As for the future of the club, there has been no shortage of
work on recruiting youngsters. Yesterday the teenage CSKA Sofia midfielder
Mihail Alexandrov told the press in Bulgaria that he was going to sign for the
Reds next week. “I’ll join Liverpool on July 9. I’ve reached an agreement to
sign a three-year contract with an option for a further two years,” he said.
The 18-year-old was speaking after passing a medical and will join his
compatriot, goalkeeper Nikolay Mihaylov who signed a similar three-year deal
last week.

Also on the future of the club, the new plans for the
stadium are reportedly set to be revealed this week, possibly at the same time
as the signing of Torres is officially announced. The majority of those who
have already been party to the plans have been very impressed with what is a
massive departure from the plans that had been in place prior to the new
ownership.