Torres tightrope! Striker feeling blue again ahead of Juve clash

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Posted Tuesday, September 18, 2012 by Dailymail

After storming down the tunnel at Loftus Road on Saturday, Fernando Torres found little to smile about at Chelsea's training ground on Monday.

The £50million striker is retreating into his shell again, making his displeasure known after he was substituted nine minutes from time against QPR.

Torres expects to start against Juventus on Wednesday night as Chelsea begin the defence of the Champions League, but his confusing body language is cause for concern.

Torres tightrope! Striker feeling blue again ahead of Juve clash
Not again: Fernando Torres was unable to grab a goal against QPR on Saturday

At times he has hankered after a return to Liverpool, the club who converted him from lethal finisher to world-class forward after his move from Atletico Madrid in 2007.

Had Damien Comolli, Liverpool's former director of footballer strategy, got his way it could easily have happened after he explored the extraordinary possibility of re-signing the striker.

In February this year, Comolli was stunned when a prominent member of the Liverpool dressing room knocked on the door to his office and pleaded with him to investigate the proposition.

Torres had been sold by Liverpool a year earlier, taking a pay cut to sign for Chelsea on a five-year deal, but had struggled to settle into his rhythm.

Carlo Ancelotti, the manager when Torres arrived, had been fired after Chelsea's failure to defend the Premier League or win the European Cup.

Last season, between October 19 and March 18, the striker went five months - or 25 hours and 40 minutes - without scoring.

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