February 1st, 2011

Transfer Round-Up: Handbags & High Rollers

Daniel Sturridge, Andy Carroll, Charlie Adam & Fernando Torres. (Getty Images/Daylife)

Like the doors in a high end boutique after a sale, the transfer window has been unceremoniously slammed shut in our faces and we find ourselves panting outside on the pavement, aghast at the money people are prepared to spend in order to acquire the most sought after pieces of ‘baller couture.

It’s beyond even our bank manager baiting recklessness. Seriously.

In light of this, and the fact that everyone and their Uncle Abner has covered the transfer market in tedious depth, we would like to offer our own ‘unique’ perspective on the matter. We are going to illustrate the importance of a select number of transfers by re-imagining them as handbags, and placing them into a relevant category.

This offers the twin benefits of placing the matter into a context that some of you ladies (who have difficulty in grasping the most basic footballing issues) can understand, and we get to compare players to handbags. Win!

FERNANDO TORRES – The ‘She’s Gotta Have It’ Bag AKA Chanel Python Timeless Clutch

This is the one that you’re prepared to ignore increasingly frantic phone calls from your credit card company for. It looks good, it feels smooth and glossy beneath your hungry finger tips and you know you can’t live without it, even if you have to move out of your condo and into a cardboard box.

Yes, despite announcing Chelsea’s losses were in the region of £70 million (almost as much as the combined store card debt owed by the Kickette staff, incidentally), yesterday evening the Blues splashed out a cool £50million on one Fernando Torres, ex-Liverpool legend and the most unpopular person on Merseyside since Wayne Rooney left Everton.

We’re still pretty stunned by this one, we must say. Especially since it’s Chelsea vs. Liverpool on Sunday and it could be his debut. Our ‘Weekend Results’ scribes and comments moderator have already claimed mental health days and gone home.

Those of us that remain can only stand by and admire Chelsea’s decisive purchasing. This buy ensured that the EPL transfer spend record was smashed. We can only dream. (Image via purseblog.com)

ANDY CARROLL – The ‘Impulse Buy That Requires Justification’ AKA McQueen Brittania Clutch

When rumours broke yesterday morning that ‘Toon legend in the making’ Andy Carroll was a possible transfer target for Liverpool in light of their sudden gap upfront, it totally seemed like one of those random rumours that always break on Deadline Day. However, we were disproved of this notion by last night when Carroll showed up at Melwood (Liverpool’s Training Ground) for a medical and news broke of his £35million move.

If Andy lives up to expectation on the pitch, the combination of Luis Suarez (who also signed for Liverpool yesterday) could eclipse the departure of Torres. Unfortunately, Andy has already dropped the ball this morning by announcing he ‘didn’t want to leave Newcastle’. Uh oh. (Image via brownsfashion.com)

DANIEL STURRIDGE – The ‘I Don’t Really Want It, But I Ought To Get Something’ AKA Stella McCartney Shaggy Dear Falabella Small Tote

Initially named in a possible swap deal while Chelsea were furiously negotiating with Liverpool over Torres, things went a bit quiet for Daniel Sturridge. Until Bolton Wanderers, whose previous activity in the transfer window comprised the signing of David Wheater from Middlesbrough, came in late for him last night. A loan deal until the end of the season has been agreed, but unfortunately for Sturridge, Bolton don’t appear to be entirely certain who they have signed. Sturridge’s deal was announced on the Bolton website last night, accompanied by a picture of Danny Welbeck.

Hmm. They might want to iron that one out. (Image via saksfifthavenue.com)

CHARLIE ADAM – The One You Look At, Turn Over In Your Sweaty Hands, But Eventually Leave Behind AKA Lanvin ‘Amalia’ tote

You might not have heard of Charlie Adam, but Blackpool’s midfielder was attracting interest from Liverpool, Manchester United and Spurs by the deadline last night. Due to some ‘oversights’ on the part of Blackpool board, the paperwork was not signed prior to the cut off and Adam remains to battle for top flight football at Blackpool.

Well, that’s what the summer sales are for, no? (Image via farfetch.com)

Although we’d be surprised if you had much to say on this subject (ahem), feel free to offer your thoughts here.

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153 Responses to “Transfer Round-Up: Handbags & High Rollers”

  1. someone who likes films and books says:

    WOW, the only thing that got to me while reading this is ANDY CARROLL IS HOT.

  2. Zinny says:

    I cried about Fernando. We loved him, we sang his name, we cheered him on.
    We made excuses for his terrible playing this season.
    But now I know he didn't really want to be there. He didn't love us back anymore.
    The worst part is that he left us like we never existed, like we were some sort of disease.
    He could have been respectful and said goodbye. But I have lost all my reverence for him.
    It's fine, because the Reds will continue marching on. YNWA.

  3. IrishBlue says:

    Well I made my feelings on the Nando situation pretty clear on the previous thread so me thinks it's time to move on, I think Newcastle are seriously gonna struggle without Andy Carroll, the strikers they have remaining are just not good enough for the premier league. Saying that, I think 35million for a guy who has played half a season in the premier league and has one international cap to his name is madness. I hope it works out for him I really do but it just seems so risky. I hope he settles down and keeps out of trouble cos if he keeps going the way he is he's gonna end up like Paul Gasgoine…

  4. hearbrokenfan says:

    I'm not your babe.. Fernando..

  5. @linvinnaar says:

    It is a BAD IDEA to refer to Fernando Torres as "legend" albeit "ex-Liverpool". If getting stoned to death for making such claims is not bad enough, someone will come and burn the office down. Just saying.

  6. Footballmad says:

    The word has just come out in the press that Liverpool insisted that 'Nando could not put in a request until Suarez was a safe bet. If they had done that half way through January then 'Nando could have gone with good grace and better timing. The managment caused this panic. Plus I also believe that if they had hooked Suarez earlier then 'Nando might have thought again but they just kept on putting in low bid after low bid until even Ajax were getting fed up with them. I don't thing 'Nando beleived that they were going to actually buy anyone and had failed in their promises to him. AGAIN. I don't think he left the fans only the managment (not King Kenny – of course)

    • Crackers says:

      Interesting, what you say. I mean, I'm heartbroken that he left at all, but this is some serious business- if this really is the case, then the management (not Kenny) has been less than fair to Nando, and left him to take the abuse for what looks like a last-minute exit.

      He's not our boy anymore, and I'm always a Liverpool girl first and foremost, but I'm so sad that THIS is the way he had to go.

  7. Andy's muse says:

    Ummmmmmmm….give me some Andy Caroll please 'cos he's crack-a-lakin'
    Only if he'd cut his HAIR!

  8. Liv89 says:

    I am sorry ladies but defending Fernando is not right at this point. He betrayed us when he pledged himself to the club in repeated interviews…esp. the one after the WC '10.
    I am so heartbroken at his decision…
    Why Chelsea?…WHY WHY WHY…

  9. Chelski says:

    Fernando Torres is a jerk.
    I am damn sure he was faking this below par performance all along and even If he wasn't why the hefty price tag Chelsea? Any person with the slightest hint of common sense can understand that Torres' best days are behind him…This is not a rough patch, his career is plunging down, he's not a wonder anymore…
    2007/08 was the year Liverpool could have won something with El Sulk..when he hit his peak…Well..as a Kop I am very happy that this man is off our backs…Good Luck paying for his hamstring Roman Abramovich, now let's all watch merrily as El Sulk sulks his way into disaster with CHELSKI.

  10. Crackers says:

    "oh and i hope he introduces his wife to the captain :) "


    I'm as disappointed in him as you are, but that was just low.

  11. JME says:

    Welcome to Stamford Bridge Mr Torres…Pleased to meet you ;)

  12. dontaskmetosmile says:

    Ha! The perfect article to explain all the transfer craziness to us ladies, in a language we will definitely understand *eyeroll to Keys and Gray*

    But seriously, this is further proof that the ladies at Kickette are geniuses. Although I don't necessarily agree with the Andy Carroll metaphor. He's more of like the "I bought this from the proceeds of my Himalayan Croc Birkin because I need a bag for the meantime" Hermes Togo Birkin. Or not. I wouldn't say Carroll is of "Birkin" quality already, but he certainly cost like one.


  13. Winnie Mata says:

    LOL! this article is exactly the reason i love reading this site haha, *wipes tear*, classic.

  14. ongaro2 says:

    I originally started watching Liverpool for the Fernando (dishonorable, I know) but then I actually got genuinely into them, bought the jersey, bought the I'm sticking by you even though you are having a hell-of-a rough season. Now I feel lost…so lost….Of course I'll stand by LFC, that's the way it will just have to be now between Nando and I. I just wish I hadn't been for Chelsea, I really felt like he fit with Liverpool, and I wanted more than anything for him to make the move to Spain if he were to leave…alas, I guess he's not entirely the one in control of his future and also, you've got to make a living and take advantage of what opportunities come your way. I'll see you on the pitch.

  15. Tricia says:

    Chicharito at 7m is looking to be the buy of the decade. And Sir Alex spent transfer day in his easy chair, feet up, chuckling.

    • katarche101 says:

      Yes indeed. XD Though I hope he shells out for a good midfielder & GK some time soon.

  16. Lucy says:

    Agreed not lying, he did not need to say 3 weeks ago he want's his son to have a scouse accent! Yet he has been thinking of leaving for 18 months. Also why wait til 3 days before the end of the transfer window knowing Liverpool could be left without a striker, yet he could have left under Roy Hodgson at the beginning of the month, and most people would probably have understood then. I too wouldn't burn a shirt, but some people are just very angry. I am just feeling lost and betrayed.

  17. IheartSpain says:

    He thanked Liverpool at the end of his interview but everyone is downplaying that part, the Liverpool fans have taken this far too personally in my opinion and I hope they get over it. The club sold Nando, they could've tried keeping him but they got a lot of money.

  18. Sara P says:

    I think it was a "strike while its hot" kind of thing, and I think he feared that he wouldn't get anything after the season because of his performance thus far and his poor performance in the World Cup. I think that he kind of had to do it….in a "just incase" kind of way. We knew that he didn't want to stay at Liverpool, but after the World Cup and his injury, no other clubs were really pursuing him, so he stuck it out in Liverpool, hoping for the season to change, but it didn't. So, I think when Chelsea said jump, he did. I think he should have handled it differently….but I think it is all part of the "game" and that he had to hide his cards in order to take care of his interests at heart.

    Everyone knows that he is a great guy. He is a sweet family man and you can tell by the expression on his face that he has been torn by this decision for days. I don't understand why everyone can't be more empathetic to him.

    The only thing that breaks my heart is that he left poor Pepe alone in Liverpool! :( I wonder how that conversation went……

    • IheartSpain says:

      Well said Sara – he kept trying, but maybe his heart just wasn't in it anymore. He probably should have left sooner. As it is, he helped the team get through some pretty tough times. I hope his former teammates show him some respect.

    • Crackers says:

      I'm heartbroken that he's left and for Chelsea at that, but it's our bad luck that the only club that would cough up that much for him was Chelsea. If it had been say Bayern Munich or Inter or he even went back to Atleti, I don't know if the reaction would have been like this.

      I agree with everything in your comment, by the way. He seems like a good person, and I doubt this decision was taken without a great deal of soul-searching and some pain. It just hurts to see that he's no longer 'our lad', that's all. *sigh*

    • Zahara says:

      i know!im thinking of pepe too!poor guy!

  19. Sara says:

    Geez…..you hope he introduces his wife to the captain? What a low blow!

  20. mochara says:

    Wow Nando's transfer has been the most talked about since Ronaldo to RM…. I kinda hope he get's Chelsea back into some kind of order! I love him <333

  21. Julia says:

    Sooo. Time to move on. Tomorrow I'm going to shops to buy a new lighter so I can burn my 5 Torres jerseys. Also my wall is empty now. I havent got a nice bedset anymore, no more sleeping with mr. Torres. And I think I have to change all my background pics on phone and laptop. Also delete a dozen of facebook pics. Dont think I've got the time though to delete all my posts about you on my blog lol.

    Will always feel something for u Nando. But at the minute I'm just very, very disappointed with you. Chelsea? Proper goodbye? "Love" for Liverpool?

    Could probably go on forever. Bring on Sunday. And god I hope you're gettin thumped by us REDS. You'll never walk alone

    • hereforthenando says:

      I hope that you don't burn those jerseys! We should respect the crest on the front more than anything else. Also, you can send them to Africa through football4africa.org

      It's hard for me to get him out of my life also. All of those pictures on my wall, the jerseys, the screen name, everything…

  22. Emme says:

    Is Andy Carroll still in legal trouble? Will he have to move in with Steven Gerrard, so he stays out of trouble?

  23. layl says:

    He moved for the same reason he left Atletico.

  24. anne says:

    well yes but he moved for his career

  25. Louise says:

    I'm quite excited about my, I mean Liverpool's, new Andy Carroll. Did you see the medical video? I wasn't just looking at his bare chest…

    Fernando… Don't let the door hit ya. No one is bigger than the club. Our love is for LFC and you no longer wanted to wear the shirt. At least Xabi respected us and went back to Spain.

    • Lucy says:

      Exactly and Xabi would love to come back to Liverpool, he loved the club but Rafa wanted him out. He has never been replaced and there was never a question about his loyalty.

    • Lily says:

      I read an article today that Andy Carroll was forced into Liverpool by Newcastle management.,…

      Is that true?

      • Deanna says:

        Yes, Newcastle wanted the money.

        • keziah says:

          Correction Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias wanted the money. They consistently make stupid decisions which screw up NUFC because they are thinking about the money. I dont want to make comment on our new manager but lets just remember he was a mate of Ashleys and they met in a casino… Mike Ashley in the immortal words of C Lo Brown "and Im like F U"

  26. Wow says:

    I can't wait for that game on sunday. I expect drama from start to finish. Hopefully the atmosphere in the stadium is epic as well. I don't know how LFC fans emotion is going to be like, since wounds r still freshly open at the moment! Kickette pls do something to help the healing process for LFC kickettes by posting half nicked pics of pretty ballers ala yoann G!(:

  27. Fernanda says:

    I love Fernando and I really wish him the best with his new team. I completely understand his desire to transfer to a team he considers has more possibilities of winning the trophies he has worked hard for all his life. I completely support that and think that he did what was best for his career and no one can or should fault him for that. I do not, however, like his comments about how he hopes he scores on Sunday and how he's at a top club now. It seems like a slap in the face to all those LFC fans who supported him through the good times and the bad times. I am not an LFC fan, but I found those comments to be a little unnecessary and uncalled for. Stay calm LFC fans, what's done is done and all you can do is continue to support your club and hope they win on Sunday :)

  28. gi0ia says:

    Ouch, this was way too exciting for my poor adrenal glands…

    I feel a bit deflated, after the brief moment of excitement I felt when I contemplated my beautiful Diego Forlan coming to England. I would have so loved to have him here, and something seems to suggest that Atletico no longer is a happy place for him…

    It`ll be interesting to find out the exact reasons why this transfer didn`t happen, e.g. whether the club turned down the bid or whether it was his choice to stay…

  29. Tia says:

    OK I loved Nando in a Liverpool shirt….but lets put this in perspective, he went to Chelsea because for 50 million plus who the hell else was going to be able to buy him. As for his shocking departure, lets not forget Nando resigned his contract and made his commitment to the team, under false pretences by team management, he was promised big changes this past summer that didnt happen. He stuck through all the team ownership crapfest and when the team was in shambles on field this season, he more than anyone bore the weight of that on his shoulders, which couldnt hold up under the strain of his injuries. I honestly beleive he loves Liverpool, was he suppose to go to go to a presser for his new club and say they are shite and will never live up to being in the Red Jersey. We dont know what went on behind the scenes, we dont know what the WIFE wanted, we dont know what went on with Team Management. Nando isnt known for being a shifty, dishonourable smuck. All I know is the look in his eyes now, and for the past year has been very Sad. I honour what he did for Liverpool, and I hope for his future success ( I loath Chelsea, but I dont hate the player)

    • Sara P says:

      Amen! Said it perfectly!

      • IheartSpain says:

        Wow, yeah, agree 100 percent. He's had to endure extreme scrutiny by media and fans for so long, and in the end that fans have shown hatred bordering on violence towards him. Liverpool has 2 new players, and their fans should focus on the positive.

    • Crackers says:

      Also, he's 26 (nearly 27) and baller careers aren't very long anyway. I guess what really feels like a slap in the face is the fact that he went to Chelsea but like you said they were the only ones with the cash. Unfortunately I happen to despise them as a club.

      I'm sticking to watching him on Spain international duty, now- that was how I discovered him, and I'd rather have some Nando than no Nando. And I honestly believe this decision wasn't made without a lot of soul-searching and some pain- he hung on for as long as he could before bailing. And he wasn't always a shifty dishonourable b*stard either- he spent so long at Atleti out of nothing more than loyalty that the club president himself was saying by '06 that it was a joke that Fernando was still with them.

      Still pissed at this and I will miss Nando, but I still think it's going too far to wish death threats on him.

  30. Emme says:

    I don't follow Liverpool much, but I was stunned by this development over the past week & really saddened by it. I wish that players could have the heart to stick it out for once instead of jumping ship once things go badly. In the states, the way players are allowed to go to different teams is completely different, so sometimes even legends have to endure sh** seasons. It would be nice if contracts were honored for once. The transfer window is too much of an emotional roller coaster & I am dreading the next one.

    Stay strong Liverpool girls!!! My heart goes out to you!!!! On the bright side, you do get to see baby Delfina Suarez now.

  31. Ori says:

    I know that the next comment is completely off topic but i didnt found a better place to post it:
    Does somebody know who is the footballer who won gagging order today? even an educated guess shall be welcomed.

  32. meh says:

    Torres talks out of his arse sometimes, Chelsea are better than liverpool? give me a break. Mate, man u and arsenal are sat on top of them and they have been out of form what has seemed like forever. too add its just utterly embarassing that arsenal are the only club to have not bought anyone, what a joke.

    • xoWinnie says:

      i love Arsenal for that though!
      Wenger has complete confidence in the team dynamics!
      they've been playing (mostly) well, so far, so why mess with success?

  33. Mirella says:

    Stop the hatred already!__When i found out about Nando`s plans, i was shocked too, I went to the LFC homepage for support, but i didn`t get any. about a thound times i read "Nobody is greater than LFC". What does that mean anyway? In my mind the happiness of each person in the world is more important than any club, no matter if it´s liverpool, Chelsea, Real.__Also supporters said goodbye to their idol by wishing him broken legs, the death and this: "I hope John Terry enjoys your wife!" How disgusting! So ít´s not okay to try to live up to the expecations of the people around you and eventually fail, but it´s ok to treat a person like shit that brought you so much joy? Why? Because it´s in the name of the club?__After all Liverpool is moving on without looking back, the number 9 shirt was ultimately given to Carroll and there was no little word of thank you on the offical club homepage. They act as if their "legend" never existed. In the end LFC and its loyal supporters don´t care at all if Nando will ever be able to see the rewards of his lifelong work. B Football is a game, not a religion, please remember that!

    • Sassy* says:

      That was SO well said!!!

    • IheartSpain says:

      Yes, totally agree. Let's bring back some sanity. He gave a lot to Liverpool, and we wish him the best. He's been under way too much scrutiny for much too long.

      • lucy says:

        I would prefer him to leave Liverpool if he didn't want to be there, BUT he did not have to wait 3 days til the transfer window ends before announcing. He hasn't thanked the fans who adored him, nor even admitted to his loyal fans he wanted to leave via an announcement, he put in a transfer request and legged it out of the country! The reason I am so annoyed is at the beginning at the month he told the world he wanted his son to grow up with a Liverpool accent, yet for 18 months he's been wanting to leave, which is fine just don't ruddy lie to these people who paid week in week out during a recession to see their idol Torres play and he can't even be bothered to put in a half decent performance for them and to me he dosen't seem to be the person I and alot of others thought he was.

        The people who wish him death threats and broken legs are wrong. The John Terry wife jokes, and songs are part and parcel of the things fans use to wind up opposing team players week in week out on the terraces up and down the country its part and parcel of football!

        He did give alot to the club but he also could have left along time ago if he was unhappy and just not have lied to people. I hope he gets the trophy's he wishes but to me he was never the idol's Rush, Fowler, Dalglish, Carra and Gerrard are.

        • Jacqueline says:

          The reference to "Nobody being bigger than the club" is basically that! Torres is just a player and can be replaced but the club will always be around and the club is not going to pander to the whim's of some people. I for one cannot believe what Liverpool gave him and he repayed by not giving 100% and lying to the fans who idolised him. He won't get that at Chelsea, and I fear it will be the worst mistake for him.

    • EM. says:

      IMO Liverpool fans are pissed off because he disrespected their club in an attempt to get chummy with his new one not because he left. He basically trashed people who stood by him through his great decline in form and defended him time and again with his first interview for Chelsea. I know a lot of Liverpool fans who would have happily wished him success if he hadn't come up with his extremely dumb comments in the interview. That was disrespectful. I don't see why Liverpool fans need to extend him the courtesy when he clearly doesn't think it necessary.

    • Crackers says:

      Football is more than a game to a lot of people, especially in England and many parts of Europe, and you'll never convince them otherwise.

      I'm with you on many of the comments after Nando's departure being absolutely DISGUSTING, but angry fans will say anything. I'm heartbroken that he chose to leave and for Chelsea at that, and LFC is right- no one is bigger than the club, but it's better to let him go if he doesn't want to stay.

    • shauna says:

      I understand where you are coming from, but fernando torres is not greater than LFC and never will be, a players name on a jersey is never more important the the crest on the front. The death threats are of course to an extreme and i know alot of people say horrible things, but their hearts have been broken by a man who has lied repeatedly to us and put on a show everytime he wore that beautiful liverpool jersey, its their way of expressing anger. i know myself i imagined what caragher would do to him on sunday, that may involve a little pain but i wish him well, just not with chelsea. We accepted him as a God, he got so much respect n was treated as if he was from liverpool, he left us in a horrible way, the fans esp the little kids who idolised him deserved so much more. My love for fernando torres liverpools number nine will be looked at fondly for years to come but my love for fernando torres chelseas new striker will never happen, hes just another person in blue i hate looking at, and its horrible.

  34. Summer says:

    It's quite strange this. One year ago I have done the same choice of Fernando. I had to make a choice between Liverpool and Chelsea and my choice was Chelsea. I know that for you this isn't important but there is a special story between me and Fern, a very special story that I thought that was finished one year ago, but the destiny, the destiny surprised my once more and put him on my way again. May it sounds stupid but I've just realized that Fernando has always been in my life, and he will always be in it. I've not so much confidence in destiny and I don't believe in miracle, but I've to admit that this time I'm so surprised because I've just fond again a person that I can define one of the most important in my life…So coincidences in my life are now to much. I'm happy Nando and also confused because you are back in my life and because you are come back to me. Really, I've missed you.

  35. BarceLisa says:

    I have followed Nando ever since his debut season for Atletico (grrr he always loved scoring against Barca btw, but thats beside the point!). I didn't think he would mean as much to another club as he did for Atletico, he was kind of like their version of Raul. When he moved to Liverpool I thought he would fare the same as another Fernando… Morientes, in other words, be a total flop.

    Boy did he prove me wrong. Now when I think of Torres, its always as a Liverpool player. I don't ever see him being remembered as fondly in a Chelsea shirt but he may prove me wrong there too. Just disappointment all around, can't imagine how the LFC kickettes feel. I also hope the Andy Carroll signing works out for Liverpool, its so sad when a local lad has to leave the team he grew up supporting.

    • Liv89 says:

      more like barce ASS

    • xoWinnie says:

      omg…i just wanna cry when anyone talks about Raul :( he's irreplacable!
      i wish he and Ruud would come back!
      but i guess it's not much use lamenting to a Culé! lol

      anyways, i definitely don't think he will be THAT fondly remembered at Stamford Bridge
      to many fans (myself included), he's just collecting a huge check
      and riding their coattails to whatever stage they may make it to in the CL.
      i hope i'm wrong, but i really don't see him excelling there at all!

    • Crackers says:

      Yes and look what Real did to Raul….it's cases like that which make me think that I really shouldn't hold it against a player if they are looking out for their own interests, because the clubs will sell/let go of whoever they can sell or don't want.

      Torres was the beloved son of Atletico, but Liverpool was where he really came into his own, and he meant so much to Anfield. It's sad beyond words to see him go this way, but I wish him well- after looking past my initial pain and disappointment, I cannot hate him too much for this one- things have been wrong at Liverpool for a while and time is running out for Nando.

  36. suzie says:

    Welcome to Carroll and Suarez, I can't wait to see them play together and as for Torres, I'm sure Carra can't wait to see him again on Sunday!!!!!

  37. Leá says:

    I'm a RM fan who watched Liverpool to follow Nando. I'm sorry for the girls who love Liverpool and had their hearts crushed by this transfer. I know I'd feel the same way if Sergio left for Barca.

    • gin_in_teacups says:

      Except that Sergio would never never never leave for Barca. Ever.

      • Leá says:

        This is a sick hypothetical situation that I am concocting only to try to empathize with the Liverpool girls. Of course it would never happen.

    • Thea says:

      We are polar opposites – I am a Barca fan who follows Everton because of Mikel!

    • Madridgirl23 says:

      I would be absolutely, unconsolably crushed if Sergio, Iker or any of the RM boys left for Farza! OMG, I cannot handle it if it happened. I know that Sergio is not having a smooth time getting his contract extended right now but hopefully it will work out sooner than later. I do like Mourinho as head coach, but his whole deal announcing he would like to return to EPL before our season is over, seems like a slap in the face, specially cus I always defend his outrageous behavior, but this is a conversation for another post.

      • annafcb says:

        And as culé I'd feel the same. When Figo left… well that was painful, so I do not wish it to any team, and I'm quite sure they'll stay with you :)

    • @DebStimson says:

      I can't ever see Sergio leaving for Barca. The guy bleeds white.

      • Madridgirl23 says:

        Yeah, but he was a born and bred Sevilla boy and he left them. Im just hoping the rumor's of him and Roni having a rift in the locker room are false. I don't know where else Sergio would be able to play. I love that guy!

        • Mirella says:

          Now that you mention that…. the only good thing that could actually come out of this mess would be Sernando love in blue.
          P.S: It's a joke, don't kill me, Real girls.

        • Winnie Mata says:

          that was different, he was still very young.
          it's like when United bought Ronnie from Sporting
          (even though Ronnie was a Benfica fan, etc),
          smaller clubs like Sevilla tend to sell young prospects like Sergio
          they made quite a killing for him if i remember correctly
          he was talented but they had no idea
          he would develop into such an amazingly talented player
          besides, it was a great opportunity for him, and now he's a legend
          not just in Madrid, but around the world.
          i doubt it would be the same if he were still at Sevilla

    • Lou says:

      i dont think you can exactly compare that to fernando's case…..

    • Winnie Mata says:

      i swear to god…i would do something so drastic.
      if Sergio EVER left. for ANYWHERE other than Real…

      if he left i'd have to just bomb Camp Nou…
      lol just kidding, but i'd cry for days. even years maybe.
      i'd honestly never get over it, i might renounce this sport
      and vow never to watch it again!
      yes, i love him that much lol

      • ikersgirl01 says:

        winnie, I would definetly cry too. I dunno what I would do. It would be way to weird. After that tiff he had w/ Puyol at El Super Classico, I doubt he would go to Barca.

        I really like that we got Ozil though. He gives me hope, such a quiet little guy, and he plays so well. Love him! Hope we keep him in RM for a long time :)

        • Winnie Mata says:

          lol i know, i have a feeling the fans at Barca would hate him anyways.
          that would certainly not be the way to go if he WERE to leave.
          let's just hope he never does!

  38. backoffmyNando says:

    Yes Nando is definitely a must have. If he was in a display window up for sale, we would all be clawing our way to the register with our about-to-be-maxed-out credit cards…….

    We should all respect his decision. It's his life and he's just chasing after his dreams.

  39. Bri says:

    WHY does Andy have to go to the reds???!!!!! WHY??!!!! We need him!!! Ugh. No good. I sympathize with you reds ladies for the whole nando thing…but argh. Why did it have to be Andy????? My clubs keep losing players to Anfield! First Meireles and now Carroll…

    • suzie says:

      I've got to say I feel bad for newcastle, they're the team that really got the short straw in all of this but £35 million is a great piece of business and the club have to time to really consider who to get.

    • @DebStimson says:

      I was really surprised at how much LP paid for him. It was more than Daveed got to go to Barca! If it's as Andy says, I can only think it was about the money with Newcastle. It's sure going to piss off a lot of fans tho.

      • Bri says:

        I think you're absolutely right. Especially after what Andy said.

        "I'm gutted that I wasn't wanted at my home team after everything I have done and the progress I have made."

        It kills me. =(

        • keziah says:

          I totally agree. I mean we grew him, we loved him, we needed him & the Fat controller saw LFC waving the dollars and like a cheap pimp daddy said have your way with him! So much for our chance of playing european football next year… my brother is a liverpool fan and I seriously want to punch him in the face! Why Andy!!!

        • Winnie Mata says:

          omg tht's actually so sad :( poor baby!

  40. gin_in_teacups says:

    Well. I still can't quite believe that Torres is now going to be playing in blue. It's easier for me to accept his departure than it is to accept that he's at Chelsea, especially with the upcoming match. On game day I always hate the opposing team with a fiery passion, and Chelsea is…erm…not my favorite even when they're not up against us – I feel unprepared and ill-equipped for having to direct those negative feelings towards Torres.

    On the bright side, I kind of have a thing for Andy Carroll, which I was always horrified to admit to. So at least I can feel slightly less shame about it now. He might still be off his head, but at least he's off his head in red.

    • Crackers says:

      I know. I'm wincing at the thought of Fern for Chelsea, but I'd rather shut my eyes and ears and go "LALALALA" and then watch his appearances for Spain instead.

      Andy Carroll…god he does seem off his head. and 35 million? That's crazy money- it's more than what Daveeed's transfer got from Barca (to put stuff in perspective) but it's too bad Newcastle sold him against his will.

      • gin_in_teacups says:

        I know – that transfer fee was insane. Well, I guess now there's nothing to do but wait and see if it was worth it. I have high hopes with him and Suarez but we all know that spending big doesn't always = spending wisely.

    • Crakkkkkersss says:


  41. naylovee says:

    I wonder what makes Nando think he'll get farther with Chelsea. I don't know if I can even support him now that he's with Chelsea. Can you support the player and not the club? I don't know but I'm still in shock he left.

    • jpod says:

      I dont know about anyone else but I've always supported the player not the team (aside from by college football team). I've followed Nando for years now but only because I'm a #9 fan, not because I was a LFC fan. Just like I'll follow Chelsea b/c of #9. But that is just me. You hate to see them leave the club that gave them their start or a 2nd change, etc but ultimately, it is their decision on whether to stay or go.

      • @DebStimson says:

        I'm guessing you're from the US too, right? I'm the same way. However, I have taken a liking to Arsenal and not just because of Cesc. Probably more so because their style of play is more like the teams in La Liga than the EPL and I really like the way they play in La Liga. Of course that create a real dilemma when Real Madrid plays Barca. *I know Thea, that's blasphemy but I can't help it. ;) *

        I think if we lived in Europe, we would see things differently.

        • naylovee says:

          Deb- Yess, I am from the states. & yeah, I can see where you're coming from. I think it's just because when we watch sports, we watch and think differently than anywhere else. I agree, lol. :)

  42. Elisa says:

    I'm so angry with Fernando because I loved him so much as a player. I feel like he went back on his word and betrayed all of the Liverpool fans who put so much energy into not just supporting, but defending him whether he was playing brilliantly or suffering from lack of form.

  43. xena says:

    guys i mean its completely sucks he left but frankly hes more happy gone.
    whether u hate it or not i mean he seems to be much happier plus he wanted to leave for awhile. theres no reason to complain now, like hes not coming back

  44. Sofiee says:

    In the interview he said he only has good things to say about Liverpool and i appreciate that it was very hard for him. The headlines have been deliberately written to provoke and all he said was that he hoped he could score, isn't that a striker's job? I'm annoyed with the media giving the wrong idea because I think he genuinely loves Liverpool and would never mean to offend a club that loved him.

    • Elisa says:

      Yes he said that, but he also said things such as that he's happy to finally be playing at a "big" club. What is Liverpool, exactly? A non-league side?

      I'm sorry, but if he genuinely loved Liverpool and its fans, he wouldn't have gone to Chelsea of all clubs.

    • suzie says:

      "after this, there are no more steps forward. This is the top level. The target for every footballer is to try and play at one of the top-level clubs in the world, and I can do it now"

      I'm sorry would a man who GENUINELY loves Liverpool FC say that about our club, that we aren't a top team???? It's such a back-handed disrespectful thing to say from a player that was so adored by the anfield faithful. The fans that prayed that he wouldn't get injured AGAIN when on international duty.We've had a rough couple of seasons but we are still one of the biggest clubs in the country with a history that Chelsea wish they had. The cliche "form is temporary, class is permanent" applies to clubs too. Liverpool will come back and they will do it with players that care about the club, sadly Torres won't be one of them. His loss.

    • @DebStimson says:

      Sofiee, I agree that the media does like to create drama but I watched his interview in the video on Chelsea's website. As other's have mentioned, the way he said it didn't reflect well on LP.

  45. Rossanera says:

    My sympathies to all my fellow Reds … Obviously, Nandogate has obscured anything else that happened in January … but let's talk about something positive for a bit, see if that helps.

    Since Kickette hasn't covered what down in the transfer window outside England I would just like to point out that Juventus just sealed their solid position as sexiest side in Serie A with the acquisition of one Alessandro Matri from Cagliari. This is a very important development, no?

  46. Leaaa says:

    to Liverpool fans:
    what would have been a better way for him to go?
    please dont take that the wrong way, i'm actually interested in what you think he could've done better

    • Elisa says:

      1) He wouldn't have gone to Chelsea, one of our biggest rivals.

      2) I think that it hurts more because, up until a week ago, he was going on and on about how he's loyal to Liverpool and wanted to stay to win trophies. If you want to go, okay. But don't lie.

      3) He wouldn't have backhandedly insulted Liverpool in his Chelsea interview. He says that he's glad that he's finally at a "big" club and that it's "destiny" that he's playing against Liverpool in his first game and has no issues with scoring against them?

    • TheAmethyst007 says:

      ANY other way would have been better:
      1. He literally could have gone to any other club in the world (except for Man U and Everton), the Chelsea move feels like a complete kick to the gut.
      2. The timing. He could have left last summer, or next summer. Not one week before facing chelsea, not after having signed Suarez to team up with him.
      3. Finally, though I understand his motivations, I still think he should have waited…especially since he's kept saying all season that he is loyal to Liverpool. I was really excited to see him play against Chelsea, but oh well.

      • cisarovna says:

        I'm probably going to get shot down for this but…

        What other club? The list has got to be ridiculously short. The criteria is simple, they must be willing to pay 50m sterling (nearly 60m euros) for a striker who has been off-form or injured for the past year. They also have to be in the Champions League, and they can't be Real Madrid because it would mean the second death of Grandpa Torres.

        As for leaving in the summer, who is going to pay that fee in the summer, when there is a much larger selection and more opportunities for bargain hunting. Liverpool was looking to hold up some deep pocketed club in the transfer window to finance some of the many acquisitions they need to make both now and in the summer. Once Chelsea came forward, the plan was in motion.

        Maybe the Champions League is lost for next year, but the Europa League isn't, and it brings fees which can be used to buy even more players. To truly rebuild the team it is going to take more than one new striker in the form of Suarez.

        I am sorry if this seems unsympathetic, I totally get that this sucks for fans, but hopefully only in the short term.

        • Crackers says:

          I'm not shooting you down, and all of what you say makes sense, or at least it will once get over being sad.

          Honestly, I think from my perspective (and most LFC fans') we'd have been sad for his departure but happy to let Nando go to another league- Serie A or the Bundesliga maybe, or even back to La Liga since he always said he'd like to return to Atleti one day (I doubt they could afford him now though). His moving to another English club was pretty controversial anyway, and moving to one of Liverpool's major rivals (Man U, Everton and Chelsea) would have been most controversial of all- and that's exactly what he has done. But like you said, the deep pockets decided where he would go next, and it happened to be that Chelsea was the only club that would cough up.

          I hope this is only a short term blip for Liverpool too. And I wish Nando the best, but I won't be watching him for Chelsea.

  47. JA7 says:

    So it's final..and it realli sucks that it is :( Im still realli upset (why chelsea?!?)…and since none of my friends are realli into soccer..i have to go through this Torres transfer alone :(

    • hereforthenando says:

      You'll Never Walk Alone! We'll be here for you!

      • Thea says:

        I agree – it's a shame it wasn't handled with more class – my view is that he has become overly anxious at Liverpool and possibley the state of his careet post World Cup and didn't want to ride it out till end of season. He must of been offered the moon by chelsea however…………

  48. Fareen [Reds 4ever] says:

    I wish they would put out cold hard facts. All this speculation is doing my head in and I can't deal with so many losses in one day!

    Esp. Torres, LFC kept saying he wasn't for sale and he's not going anywhere and now look where he is! On that note can't wait to see how Suarez plays…

    • Elisa says:

      LFC was saying that initially, but then Torres put in an official written transfer request. The club changed its stance because, when a player does that, they REALLY want to leave, and it's probably detrimental to keep him.

      • @DebStimson says:

        and the fact that Chelsea upped the ante from 35 mil to 50 mil might have something to do with it. I also think that they realized how badly Torres wanted to leave that his heart was no longer at LP. ='{

        I too was shocked at hearing Fernando's comments about Chelsea. A little more diplomacy would have gone a long way. I guess in a way, it showed how really dissatisfied he was with how the year at LP has gone as well as possibly the direction that he feels LP is going in. Of course, I really don't know what goes on in the locker room or with management at the club so it's only speculation on my part.

        And sadly, there were some LP fans who were posting on his FB page that he should leave LP. This started early in the season when LP was really struggling. I'm sure that had to weigh on his mind too. Sometimes it's a few rotten fans that spoil it for those who truly supported him.

        • its sad really to see just how one small thing can make a big impact on the world…

          now that Torres is gone LFC has quickly covered their tracks by making Andy Carroll the new number 9. If he was really a Red he would've put the badness of the season behind him and keep moving forward, but I guess he loss some of our values along the way. Values that he connected with from the start mind you. As much as I want to dwell on this situation and cry my heart out Liverpool needs my support more than Torres needs my tears because he's clearly shown that LFC doesn't mean a thing to him anymore.

  49. Thea says:

    I think the break-ups are messy Torres/Liverpool and Carol/ newcastle and there will be recriminations to come no doubt! Love the Drama!

    • keziah says:

      I feel like the Carroll/Newcastle break up is more like when you're a teenager and meet the most fantastic guy that you're totally into and then your dad make you break up with him… WHY!!!

  50. hereforthenando says:

    Yesterday was definitely the kind of day that I had been dreading for a year and a half. The thought of Fernando leaving us has made me cry in the past, and many a sleepless night were spent worrying about a Fernando transfer. Well, it happened, and guess what? The world is still spinning.

    Watching his Chelsea interviews makes it a lot easier to accept that he's gone. It's "destiny" that you're playing against us in your first Chelsea game? You hope you score? Awesome, Fernando. No need to say "thank you" to all of the Liverpool fans that loved you unconditionally from the moment you signed for us.

    I was always going to be gutted when you left, but I understand your motivations. I know that you need to win trophies during your best years, and unfortunately, Liverpool can't provide that right now. But did you have to go to Chelsea? Did you have to do it in January at the end of the transfer window? Did you have to leave without saying goodbye, and backhandedly insulting us as you did it?

    The crest on the front will always be more important than any name on the back. I'll miss you, Fernando, and I'll think of you often. We had some amazing times– second place in the EPL, that great Champions League year, 4-1 at Old Trafford– and I will always remember them. I wish you well. But I'm looking to the future, and I'm very excited about Carroll and Suarez (pity we couldn't sign Adam!) But until then, how do I change my intensedebate name? Because I am certainly no longer "here for the 'Nando."

    • JA7 says:

      awwwwwwwww :( *hugs*

    • NewReds says:

      You took all the words out of my mouth…If I could walk up to Torres face and just say those things I would totally do it. It'll be harsh but he needs to hear it, he can't just leave us hanging like that. Not all of us are good dealing with him leaving with no word of it. I'm starting to think he's maybe a little selfish.

      But in the end, he's gotta do what he's gotta do and if he thinks this is the right move then there's really nothing we can do. :[ I wish there was though.

    • Rossanera says:

      Beautifully said.

    • Elisa says:

      I was going to write a long post, but you said it all!

      I understand wanting to leave, but the manner in which he went about it was heartbreaking.

    • nandosfreckles says:

      you know i have the same problem about the username now…

    • BarceLisa says:

      please don't go hereforthenando! I got a little choked up after reading your post, it was beautiful.

    • Leya_S says:

      Beautifully written, albeit somewhat heartbreaking!
      I actually felt sick about this move last night. I was so upset. I must admit that, like you, I was "here for the nando"….I came to Liverpool as a fan when he came. But, really, I've grown to love them, and so I'm certainly not going to support Chelsea just because Fern is there now.

      I think for me, this is less about the move in general, and more about the way in which it was handled. The fact that its Chelsea, his unnecessary backhanded comments during his interview, leaving mid-season. I just really had a real WTF moment when I first heard that Fern had submitted transfer request papers.

      • Leya_S says:

        ….and since this thing told me my comment was too long (which has never happened to me before), here's the rest of my comment:

        Mixed feelings about Andy Carroll coming to Liverpool that have more to do with his sordid personal affairs than anything; really excited to have him as a player, though, and I'm sad about how things went down for him with Newcastle. Idk what's going on there, with their managerial issue (still don't know why they gave Christ Hughton the boot) and now they're dumping Carroll, who, might I add, is like the 3rd or 4th leading scorer in the Premiere League right now.
        I'm excited for Luis Suarez to come. He might be a little crazy, but he's fab. Even though I always hope Liverpool does better than Chelsea, in a way, I want it even more now as a sort of "Look at what you gave up" to Fern.

        Is it weird that I feel like my boyfriend just cheated on me and then dumped me using the "it's not you it's me" speech?

        • nandosfreckles says:

          not weird at all, i feel as if my boyfriend cheated on me with a hooker :(

        • hereforthenando says:

          No one around me understands exactly how much this feels like a break-up. But for me, it more feels like he told me that I was the one for him, that he would never want anybody else, and that I was the greatest woman in the world, then dumped me. Then, I hear him telling some other girl those exact same things on that same day. Fernando, honey, those words stop meaning something when you say them about every team!!

        • MissNUFC says:

          Hi Leya, long time Newcastle fan here. Not a single fan on tyneside would be able to tell you why chris hughton was ditched. We're saddled with a horrible owner who has the appearance and personality of a pig in a wig. Mike Ashley never has and never will understand football, the club he owns, or the fans. Secondly, we didn't dump Carroll. Rather, he made demands which we were apparently unable to meet (basically to do with money) and so he took the chance to go to Liverpool at the end of the window, leaving us with no time to secure a replacement. I hope he does well for you at liverpool, but honestly, I am really angry at him myself. For a local lad to give up the no.9 shirt after clawing us back into the premiership is practically sacreligious. I wouldn't have believed it of any geordie.

    • Summer says:

      A man who follows his heart in my opinion is the best man that could exist…

      • hereforthenando says:

        Yeah, that's definitely not how I feel. There's something to be said for loyalty, and there's something to be said for respect. He worked so hard to make us expect the former, and as fans, we deserved the ladder. If you actually read my post, you would see that I am largely taking issue with HOW he left, not the fact that he left.

    • meh says:

      this is lovely and exactly what i will feel wen fabby leaves for barca, sweet.

    • Winnie Mata says:

      i really dislike LFC, but this pretty much summarizes everything i would say if a player i loved transferred to a club i despised, especially in the manner which he did.

      it was beautifully written and well thought out.

    • Zahara says:

      wow..that was really moving.