How Fernando Torres broke a 62-year record at Liverpool

The Spaniard broke the long-standing record for Liverpool at Anfield in 2008.
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Fernando Torres celebrates his 37th birthday today and although he may not hold the 'legendary' status at Liverpool, he left fond memories prior to his 2011 exit. 

His controversial departure to Stamford Bridge spelt the end of his time at Anfield but during his time, the Spaniard scored 81 goals in 142 appearances following his club-record move form Atletico Madrid in 2007.

He formed a formidable partnership with the then-Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard and his first goal came in a 1-1 draw with his future employers, Chelsea.

Although his stint on Merseyside was trophy-less, he did become the first player to score back to back hat-tricks at Anfield for the first time in 62 years.

Snatching Jack Balmer's record, who scored three successive trebles in November 1946, two of which coming in Merseyside Derbies.

However, in 2008, Liverpool's number nine two hat-tricks 11 days apart against West Ham and Middlesborough to break the record that stood for over half a century.

An article from the Liverpool Echo following the game quotes Torres on the "honour" of breaking the record.

"I only learned of the record after the game and it is a big honour for me.

“This club has a wonderful history so to be a part of that is very special and it is something I am very proud of," The then 23-year-old said.


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"But it is also a record for everyone at the club because it would be impossible for me to score goals if it was not for my team-mates, the manager, the coaching staff, everyone."

That season, he went on to score 33 goals in all competitions.

In the same game against Boro, he became the first Spanish player to score a Premier League treble. 

Three years later, he made the switch to Andre Villas Boas' Chelsea for £50million.