Saturday 20 January 2018

Torres urges Reds to sign new talent

Rory Smith

FERNANDO TORRES has warned Liverpool that whether the club succeed or fail in their quest to retain their Champions League status will be meaningless if owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett do not produce the funds to strengthen Rafael Benitez's squad with "four or five" top-class signings this summer.

Defeat at Wigan last Monday night left Liverpool's hopes of seeing off Manchester City, Tottenham and Aston Villa to finish fourth hanging by a thread but, while Torres insists he would be prepared to stay at Anfield should the club not qualify for the Champions League, he admits that he would be forced to consider his position if the club could not prove their ambition matches his.

"Being in the Champions League is not so important for me," said Torres. "What is really important is that the club makes an effort and brings in important players to improve the quality of the squad.

"We need four or five top-class players to compete, players better than the ones we have. If we do not reinforce the squad, next year all we will be able to do is fight for fourth again. I want to be fighting for the Premier League, the Champions League or the Europa League, but to do this we need signings to come.

"I owe Liverpool a lot, I am very happy here and hopefully my future is here. I think the club deserves to win again, but at this point they know they are a long way away.

"The fans are worried that players might leave and this is a problem, because when you start to fear that players might leave it is because the club is not moving forward. But I believe this is not the dynamic the club will follow."

Sunday Independent

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