I recognise that some might disagree, however, as someone who was born in the city, I have to say that Fernado Torres's decision to leave Liverpool Football Club, whilst unfortunate, is not that surprising. After all, promises which may have been made about where the club 'was going' when he joined, almost certainly haven't come up to his (or the club's) expectations. On the other hand, putting aside his recent lack of form and apparent motivation, no one could deny that his scoring record is a testament to the fact that his contribution and commitment to the club has been outstanding.
Accordingly, since the grass is always greener on (or with) the other side, it really should be no surprise that he has succumbed to the goodies on offer at Chelsea - which, by the way, I wouldn't be surprised may have dangled in front of his eyes as long ago as during The World Cup Finals in South Africa - and, if that were to be the case, it would go a long way towards explaining his aforementioned apparent lack of motivation.
Anyway, all that is water under the (Stamford) bridge. Furthermore, although it might seem somewhat disloyal to my own heritage, it could be that his decision had nothing at all to do with football - given the choice between a scouse or a southern counties accent for his recently born son (for the more sensitive, that's a joke). However, whatever reason, there is no excuse for Liverpool fans burning replicas of Torres's shirt. That sort of behaviour might be OK in Baghdad or Afghanistan but it's not appropriate in Anfield.
Since writing this blog, I've heard suggestions that Sky TV provided the shirts and encouraged 'fans' to burn them. Whether that is true - or not - is a matter for conjecture. What is alarming, however, is the fact that it's entirely believable.