Fernando Torres and Liverpool may not have ended their association in the most positive manner but in this case time appears to be a great healer.
The manner of Torres £50million deadline-day departure to rivals Chelsea at the end of January 2011 rankled but both parties seem to have moved past that in recent seasons, instead looking back glowingly at his time at Anfield.
Torres was once the golden boy of the Kop, scoring 65 goals in his 102 Premier League games for the Merseyside club between 2007 and 2011.
Fernando Torres sends message of support to Liverpool as the Reds bid for Premier League and Champions League
And on Wednesday morning, Liverpools official Twitter account harkened back to those times by wishing him a happy birthday.
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The 35-year-old was clearly delighted by the message and sent a message of total support back to Liverpool.
He replied: Thank you Reds !!! All the best for the rest of the season Ill be cheering for you!!! Big times ahead !!!
It seems as though the former Liverpool man has thrown his weight behind their campaign to win the Premier League and Champions League. They are currently top, although Manchester City have a game in hand.
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Torres proves hes still a Red with title race message
Fernando Torres has thrown his weight behind Liverpool’s Premier League and Champions League bids – predicting ‘big times ahead’ at Anfield.
The Atletico Madrid striker and Kop icon sent a special message of support to his former club on Twitter when they wished him a happy birthday.
In response to birthday wishes from Liverpool’s official Twitter account, the Spaniard revealed he will be a Reds fan for the rest of the season as the club bid to end 29 years without top-flight glory.
He tweeted: “Thank you Reds!!! All the best for the rest of the season I’ll be cheering for you!!! Big times ahead!!!”
Today marks Fernando Torres 35th birthday and the Liverpool legend is still holding the Reds close to his heart.
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Torres, who turned 35, never won the Premier League with Liverpool but came agonisingly close in 2009.
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With a star-studded line-up featuring the likes of Steven Gerrard, Xabi Alonso and Javier Mascherano, the Reds finished runners-up to Manchester United by four points.
Fernando Torres Sends Message To Liverpool Fans On His Birthday
The striker netted 65 Premier League goals for Liverpool – 81 in total – during a three-and-a-half-year spell at the club before leaving to join bitter rivals Chelsea, where he was still unable to taste top-flight success.
Nonetheless, he is still highly regarded on Merseyside, and Torres looks back on his time at the club with fondness.
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To mark his 35th birthday, the club tweeted a video of his top ten goals, and the striker responded by saying: ‘Happy days!’
The Reds go into the international break top of the league, two points ahead of Manchester City, but Pep Guardiola’s men have a game in hand.
Jurgen Klopp’s side were also given a favourable draw in the Champions League, with Porto waiting for them in the quarter-finals.