On this day in 2005 and 2007, Liverpool signed goalkeeper Pepe Reina and forward Fernando Torres.
Reina made the move from Spain after three successful years at Villarreal, signing for a fee of around £6m back in the summer of 2005.
Torres was one of the most sought-after forwards in the world at the time and joined Liverpool following a breakout few seasons at his boyhood club Atletico Madrid in 2007.
Both shone at Anfield and both are particular fan favourites from their time on Merseyside and it’s only right we give them the respect they deserve.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) July 4, 2022
🗓 On this day 15 years ago, Liverpool announced the signing of Fernando Torres.
🏟 140 Games
⚽️ 80 Goals
🤝 20 Assists
😱 Nemanja Vidić probably still has flashbacks. pic.twitter.com/b2Qb0H7RSf
— William Hill (@WilliamHill) July 4, 2022
Torres hit the ground running under Rafa Benitez, scoring 33 goals in all competitions in his debut season, including 24 in the Premier League. This saw him set a new record for the most prolific foreign goal scorer in a debut season in England at that time.
In his second season, he was frustrated by injuries only managing 17 goals in 38 games.
Despite that, he managed plenty of iconic moments such as big performances against Real Madrid in the Champions League and equalising against Manchester United on their way to a famous 4-1 victory at Old Trafford.
Injuries hit him again the following season, but he still managed another prolific return of 22 goals in 32 games as he was named in the FIFPro World XI for the second time.
Injuries and loss of pace led to speculation of him leaving in the 2010/11 season, with Chelsea making him the most expensive Premier League signing ever at the time, totalling a £50m transfer fee.
He left Liverpool with 80 goals and 20 assists in 140 games and, at his best he was considered one of the best strikers in world football. Injuries derailed his career, but it’s fair to say Liverpool was where the Spaniard played his best football at club level.
🗓 #OnThisDay in 2005, Pepe Reina signed for the Reds.
🔴 394 appearances
👐 177 clean sheets
🏆 European Super Cup 2005
🏆 FA Cup 2006
🏆 League Cup 2012
What a goalkeeper 👏 pic.twitter.com/w44AYLhJ6r
— Anfield Watch (@AnfieldWatch) July 4, 2022
A fan favourite almost from the start, Pepe Reina joined from Villarreal in 2005, after being hailed as the best goalkeeper in Spain by manager Benitez.
He went on to win three trophies at Liverpool, featuring 394 times for the Reds.
He certainly established himself as one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League during his time at Anfield.
After enjoying nine mostly successful years at Liverpool, he then left for Napoli on loan in 2013 but was unhappy with the club’s decision to move him on without consulting him.
Next up was a move to Bayern Munich on a permanent deal in 2014, before re-joining Napoli after a year with the German giants.
He then joined AC Milan and Aston Villa on short-term deals following Napoli but moved onto Lazio in 2020, where he currently still plays at the age of 39.