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Fernando Torres gives Dirk Kuyt a spot in combined Liverpool - Chelsea XI

Liverpool have had some fantastic strikers down the years. We have seen Kenny Dalglish become a club legend with his domineering displays and Luis Suarez mesmerise us with his finesse. One of the best strikers we’ve ever seen at the club sadly left us for a fierce rival. Speaking to the fierce rival’s site, Fernando Torres gave a combined Liverpool and Chelsea XI with a surprise inclusion.

Fernando Torres gave a combined Liverpool and Chelsea XI with a surprise inclusion. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

The Torres tale

Liverpool signed Fernando Torres from Atletico Madrid in 2007, paying £20m for the forward.

He went on to become a fan favourite to say the least. We fell dreadfully, helplessly in love with him.

Torres and Steven Gerrard struck up a partnership for the ages, they were frankly lethal together. It’s choking me up just typing this.

Then, things turned sour. The Spaniard demanded a move to Chelsea and he got it, in January 2011 the West London side bought him for £50m.

Torres combined Liverpool – Chelsea XI

Speaking to Chelsea’s official site ahead of last Sunday’s clash which saw the Reds stroll to victory at Stamford Bridge, Fernando Torres picked his combined Liverpool and Chelsea XI.

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The retired forward went for Pepe Reina in goal, not surprising given the Spanish connection and the times they enjoyed at Anfield.

Sami Hyypia was the only Red in the defence, alongside John Terry, Ashley Cole and Branislav Ivanovic.

Xabi Alonso sits at the base of his midfield, behind Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard.

Didier Drogba was picked up top, flanked by Dirk Kuyt and Yossi Benayoun. Speaking about his selection of Kuyt, the Spaniard said:

“He was always scoring important goals and put in a lot of hard work, always. When the important moments arrived he was always there scoring that goal or winning that header and just helping the team.

“It was amazing seeing the way he used to work and I don’t think people really appreciated how good he was, but I could see it every day in training.”

What RTK has to say

It is surprising yet heartwarming to see that Dirk Kuyt, now 40-years-old, has made Torres’ team.

Whilst he wasn’t the most glamorous of players, Kuyt became a cult hero at Anfield.

He did this through sheer work rate, will and determination. Even when the team wasn’t playing well you could always count on Dirk to leave it all on the pitch.

He scored some iconic goals, there’s no forgetting his five yard hat-trick against Manchester United, and he truly loved the club. He fully deserves his place in this XI, hopefully he’ll return to Liverpool FC in some capacity in the future.

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