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Nike have produced many memorable football adverts down the years but not many are better than the one they released for Fernando Torres’ arrival at Liverpool back in 2007. Check it out below:

Torres arrived on Merseyside to huge expectations after Liverpool forked out £25m to sign the Spain international from Atletico Madrid.

An immediate fan favourite at Anfield, ‘El Nino’ hit the ground running with the Reds – scoring on his home debut in a 1-1 draw with Chelsea, who he would later join in acrimonious circumstances in 2011.

To mark his arrival at Liverpool, Nike produced an entertaining advert to reflect how Torres fever had swept the city.

In addition to Spanish flags being flown across Liverpool, Scousers are shown taking Spanish lessons to learn the lyrics of Torres’ famous chant at Anfield.

The Spanish version of the song can also be heard in the background throughout the advert.

Torres hit the ground running at Liverpool (Image: Alamy)Liverpool’s takeaways serve up tapas instead of chips, market salesman can be seen flogging paella dishes to the locals, while the city’s world-famous music venue, ‘The Cavern Club’, is aptly renamed ‘The Caverna Club’.

Torres himself features towards the end of the advert, kicking a ball back to a Liverpudlian in a park, who responds with “Gracias”.

Torres would go on to score 33 goals in 46 games in his debut season at Anfield, forming a formidable partnership with Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard.

He would spend another two-and-a-half years with the club, scoring 81 goals in 142 games for the Reds.

He would later leave for Chelsea in 2011 (Image: Alamy)But the striker would break Liverpool supporters’ hearts in 2011 when he forced through a £50m transfer to rivals Chelsea midway through the season.

He failed to produce his best form with the Blues but would go on to win the Champions League in 2012.

Torres would later join AC Milan before returning to his boyhood club Atletico, and eventually retired in 2019 after a short spell with Japanese side Sagan Tosu.

Speaking after his retirement, Torres said that his years at Liverpool were the best of his career.

“Obviously it was a really nice time for me. No doubt, it was my peak as a player,” he said.

“I did enjoy probably my best years playing football with a Liverpool shirt, especially playing in a side with all my teammates, but especially Steven Gerrard. The memories will last forever.

“I can remember every goal and every game I played here, and every goal I scored. And the feeling of playing at Anfield in front of the Kop and the Liverpool supporters.

“Even if it was 12 years ago the last time I played in a Liverpool shirt, I can go back and remember every detail.”

What a player.