Fernando Torres gets 'ambitious' new job after Jurgen Klopp invitation and Liverpool admission

Former Liverpool striker Fernando Torres has been confirmed as the new reserve team manager at Atletico Madrid. The Spaniard was previously offered a role at Anfield while Jurgen Klopp was still at the club.

The 40-year-old will replace Luis García Tevenet in the role after current Atletico boss Diego Simeone had previously brought him into the coaching set-up with the first team. Torres will now be tasked with keeping the club in the third tier of Spanish football.

Torres took charge of the Atletico U19 squad in 2021 before his appointment as reserve team manager. During his time in charge of the youth team, he helped secure two league titles, a Champions Cup and a semi-final spot in the UEFA Youth League.

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Speaking after the appointment was confirmed, Torres said: "I am at home and I feel an enormous responsibility since I decided to face this new stage. It has been three years of constant learning.

“For me this step is very important and I want to be ambitious to do things better every day, face the challenges that come and the responsibility in the best way and at the same time knowing that I am in no hurry and no need to take a wrong step.

"I accept it as a great challenge with a lot of ambition and the peace of mind of knowing that we are prepared.”

According to The Mirror, Torres was previously offered the opportunity to return to Anfield in March to shadow Klopp at the club as he looked to develop his skills as a manager.

The former striker has previously commented on the possibility of one-day taking charge of the Reds, where he said: "This is a big thing, I am just starting, learning and understanding how different it is to be a coach - it's a completely different thing.

"Starting from zero, doing the right step - one at a time - I'm trying to be a coach, let's see if I can do it. But coaching for Liverpool is a different thing, step-by-step." says: Torres has followed a similar coaching pathway to former Reds Steven Gerrard and Xabi Alonso - after earning his stripes at youth level first. As he slowly progresses through the tiers of Spanish football, he could be in line for a coaching job in La Liga or the Premier League in the near future.