After being used by Nike as the lead European ambassador for the roll out of the Total 90 Laser III, it was something of a surprise to see Fernando Torres back in his old boots against Aston Villa.
The Liverpool striker played in the K-Leather Total 90 Laser II and scored the winning goal as the Merseyside club moved up to 7th place in the table and closed to within 4 points of Tottenham who are coincidentally their next opponents in the Premier League.
Torres’s strike gave Rafael Benitez’s side an invaluable 1 – 0 win and also saw the Spanish international become the fastest player to score 50 goals in Liverpool history.
Speaking about Tuesday night’s match, Torres said:
We needed to win to be close to the top four. It was a massive game for us. Last season we kept working until the end of games and got points in extra-time, like today.
Just why Torres decided to swap back to his old boots isn’t clear. Speaking at the launch of the Laser III, he said he’d found the switch easy and that he’d encountered no problems in getting to grips with the latest Nike product.
He debuted the boots in the 2 – 1 loss to Arsenal and then wore them in the games against Wigan, Portsmouth and Wolves.