Liverpool hopes rest entirely on Torres

February 6, 2009

We all have those items that we simply cannot afford to lose, your wallet, phone, house keys, mp3 player etc, but for Rafa Benitez he will have to find space in his thoughts, if not on the bedside table, for his priceless Spanish striker Fernando Torres.

Bentitez’s willingness to allow Robbie Keane to return to Tottenham after only a few dismal months rather than stick with the Irishman, a proven goalscorer in the Premier league, leaves Liverpool desperately short of striking options, should Torres lose form or fitness in the title run in.

Dirk Kuyt has plugged the gap on the right wing well, but the man who started his career as a striker looked woeful when recast in the old fashioned number nine role during the 0-0 away draw with struggling Stoke.

Ryan Babel has not impressed much lately and youngsters David Ngog and Nabil El Zhar seem some way short of what is required to win a Premier League or Champions League title.

The loss of Steven Gerrard to injury early during the FA Cup replay at Goodison Park (how costly will that prove?) would have been the perfect opportunity to play Keane in his favoured second striker role, but instead we saw Yossi Benayoun come on.

Perhaps Rafa has seen how well arch rivals Everton have been doing recently (one defeat in 11 matches) playing a 4-6-0 formation following injuries to their gaggle of attackers.

Looking ahead to the Portsmouth match on Saturday, and beyond to the end of the season, I expect Rafa to revert back to his tinkering ways. Torres may well play this weekend, but I expect he’ll be in and out of the side for subsequent games. Protecting him from injury must now be the prime concern for Benitez.

How the Spanish coach must envy the striking riches available over at Manchester United, with Tevez, Berbatov, Ronaldo and Rooney, and Arsenal, who now have Arshavin to complement Adebayor, Van Persie and a nearly fit Eduardo.

PHOTO: Fernando Torres kneels during Liverpool’s FA Cup fourth round replay against Everton, Feb. 4, 2009. REUTERS/Phil Noble

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very nice blog patrick

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Did Sue Barker ever play for Liverpool?
I enjoyed your blog very much.

Tis an interesting situation. Last year Torres couldn’t miss yet Liverpool were never in the title race, while this year he’s barely scored and the Reds have looked worthy champions up until their form has dipped recently.

Posted by Tom | Report as abusive

I believe it is time for some of the other players to step up.

http://www.footballnewscentre.com

I believe Rye FC had the same problem

Posted by Gidaldo | Report as abusive

Well, you did call it…

Posted by Kev | Report as abusive

A lot of it boils down to financial ability. If the owners can sustain the buying of multiple players of Torres’s quality which also means being able to afford Keane another 6mths to prove himself.

Rumour has it that Keane had to be sold to balance the books. And logically looking at it, part of this rumour could be true.

You have a player that has not performed as well as expected in 6mths and you have a club edging ever closer to financial disaster. Then this player’s former club decides that they want him back at a decent price though not really close to the original buying price. Based on this, you literally cannot afford to offer the abovementioned player an extra 6mths to prove himself. (of which I honestly believe that Keane can)
Offload, cut losses.

Dubai or Kuwait… I would prefer the much deeper pockets of Dubai but at this point of time, anyone who has more money than the 2 combined at Liverpool’s helm.

Posted by Five Times | Report as abusive