But the game which Torres really sparked into life this season was Spurs away, exactly a month ago. It was as if, like a toy robot, someone hit a button to power Torres up. The Spaniard enjoyed an afternoon of truculent tussles with Jan Vertonghen that recalled the kind of scraps he had with John Terry when he was at Anfield. So heated did it get between them, that Torres saw himself lucky to receive just a yellow when he clawed Vertonghen’s face, only to be sent off later for bringing the same player down. It wasn’t the best display of temperament from a professional footballer, but I found myself rooting for his childish actions. Juvenile they may have been, but at least it showed he cared.