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Torres to stay at Liverpool

2010-08-03 17:15

Liverpool - Spain striker Fernando Torres announced on Tuesday he will stay at Liverpool following talks with club manager Roy Hodgson.

Torres and midfielder Steven Gerrard were thought to be considering moves away from Anfield amid uncertainty over the club's financial situation and its failure to qualify for this season's Champions League, but Torres has now followed his captain in committing himself to the club.

The striker has three years left on his contract but was rumored to be a big-money target for Manchester City and Chelsea.

"This is the best club in the country so the targets and expectations are always high," Torres said. "It was difficult last season but we are sure we can improve this season. I am really happy to be back, really happy to stay with all my teammates.

"My commitment and loyalty to the club and to the fans is the same as it was on my first day when I signed."

Torres has scored 56 goals in 79 matches in three seasons at Liverpool, including 40 in 41 at Anfield, to become a firm favorite with fans.

British papers reported that Chelsea and City were both prepared to pay far in excess of the 20.3 million pounds (then $40.6 million) Liverpool paid Atletico Madrid for him in June 2007.

Torres said Hodgson, who replaced Rafa Benitez last month after guiding unfashionable Fulham to the Europa League final, had convinced him to stay by visiting him soon after he appeared in Spain's 1-0 World Cup final win over the Netherlands on July 11.

"I really appreciated the fact that Roy came out to see me while I was on my holidays," Torres said. "He told me about his plans for the club and what he wanted from me and I appreciated that. I hope he will be the right man to reach the targets of Liverpool Football Club and I am really looking forward to working with him."

AP

Comments
  • kopper - 2010-08-03 17:41

    best news ever....the mrs is gonna get a little leg over tonight!

  • kop shite - 2010-08-04 06:06

    Now there's 2 injury prone players to contend with at Loserfools. Chelsea got rid of JC b'cos 3/4 of his salary he was paid for being injured. Thats y Fergie never bothered to even consider an offer.

  • ShAyA - 2010-08-04 08:05

    @ Kop Shite...jealosy makes you nasty don't it, YNWA!!!

  • Vuvu - 2010-08-04 08:26

    I know MAN U fans are going to jump on to this and talk a lot of rubbish. Like KOP SHITE just did, it is funny that fans of such a succesfull team as Man U can be so unhappy. Shouldn't they be celebrating their success instead of always looking to spit negative comments whenever theres an article about Liverpool? The article could be about the town itself, someone will assume it's about the club. Torres staying has nothing to do with MaN U, nor any ohter club other than Liverpool. Talking of injury prone players, where is Owen Hagreeves? The best defensive midfielder in England, as Fergie likes to say. When Last did he Kick a ball? I cannot wait for EL Nino to Torre-rise Vidic and Ferdinand. Yall had hoped he would leave Anfield. In fact all i want from Torres this season is to score against Man U, as he has done the past 2 seasons. He can injured all season except when we meet Man U. News of Torres staying are like a Tsunami warning for defenders in the EPL.

  • gav - 2010-08-04 09:59

    @kop shite....hahahaha,Fergie has never put a offer in for a liverpool player and never will..but i bet he would love to hav Torres like any big club would,so please don`t come talk your shite,you Man supporters really are small people that moan every time things don`t go your way..that`s why when u down, u guys play a 95+min game,the rest of us a 90 min.so get stuffed

  • @gav - 2010-08-04 11:09

    that is why we win league titles and liverpool have won no league titles in the last 20 odd years. if anything Torres wishes he choose to play for Manutd than you shite liverpool team, he would have definately won a lot of silver ware. Now he will be just like gerrard, a great player to nevr win any club league titles.

  • TRUE Red - 2010-08-04 12:35

    His armband proved he IS a RED, Torres Torres ! You'll never walk alone it said, Torres Torres ! We bought the lad from sunny Spain, He get's the ball he scores again, Fernando Torres, LIVERPOOL'S number 9 ! I think the Manc's are just upset because for the last few month's they have been telling us how G&T were leaving & we were the next Leed's. Suddenly, that hasn't happened, and the newer generation "glory supporter's" (not the genuine Utd fans) are wondering why / how come ?! LOL, we may not be in the best place at the moment guy's, but THIS IS ANFIELD ! Player's like G&T understand that & love that. Thing's are looking up for a change, so let's just hope the latest bidder's for ownership (GREAT news !) can get through the dumb yank's ... our goal for 2010-2011 - get back into the REAL Europe !

  • Shankly's Kin - 2010-08-04 12:42

    Things are suddenly looking so sweet!! Hope the Chinese take over before the end of August - if that happens, things will be as perfect as they possibly could for Liverpool at this time. @ kop shite: It's fact that Fergie was keeping an eye on Torres while he was with Atletico, and you know that you wish he could be your number 9. And as for him being a crock, you guys have Michael Owen and Hargreaves, nuff said. The best striker in world football is with us for now, and there's not much you can do about it.

  • N.Loggenberg - 2010-08-05 08:52

    @ kop shite It's called Loyalty son Quote from Torres "I am really happy to be back, really happy to stay with all my team-mates. My commitment and loyalty to the club and to the fans is the same as it was on my first day when I signed". To all you ''Pool haters who laugh at Torres'' comment that ''This is the best club in the country''. A club is made up of many different facets:- the fans; the players; the manager; the backroom staff; the owners; the atmosphere of your homeground; the songs and chants of your name; the history and also the last league position. The Liverpool fans are the best and most loyal supporters in the world - and that''s not just us who says that; the players who join the team become like family to each other and you only have to look at the new signings that our new Manager has brought in, in the short time he has been with us; the backroom staff include King Kenny as our Ambassador; new owners will hopefully be announced in the coming weeks, offering a debt-free future with money for this transfer window and the realistic propsect of the new stadium; hearing YNWA echoing round the ground from 40,000 supporters and seeing 15,000 Kopites bouncing up and down and hearing them chant your name; our history speaks for itself, both domestically and in Europe. Yes admittedly our last league position was dire but that is just momentary, the rest is what makes the club and you can''t buy that with any amount of money. Your comments demonstrate your naivity in what makes a club great and highlights just how much you would love to have what we are steeped in. Remember, never underestimate the power and attraction of LFC. YNWA.

  • TRUE Red - 2010-08-05 10:47

    N. Loggenberg - mate, you brought a tear to my eye. Well said & WALK ON !

  • gav - 2010-08-05 11:02

    @loggenberg,well said,could hav not put it better myself,GO LIVERPOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Johnnie Nicolau - 2010-08-06 10:55

    Liverpool is a Great English Club,with what we hope will be a great English manager .......Go Liverpool lets get 19 th league title ....frustrate Fergie...

  • Lostboy187 - 2010-08-06 14:23

    Start changing your YNWA to Me love you long time when the chinese take over.

  • rio d j - 2010-08-11 08:18

    i have one thing for every other team in the league this year , here comes number 19 for the greatest football club in the world WALK ON LIVERPOOL

  • Shane Whitehead - 2010-08-11 16:15

    We just need VUVUZELA'S for Liverpool in order to will the EPL this season!!!!

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