Torres: Liverpool need to bring in ‘quality players’

By Michael Owen
fernando torres "We need four or five top-class players to compete," says Spaniard

fernando torres

As is the case with many footballers, money is one of the more pressing issues on Fernando Torres’ mind.

However, rather than wanting a bigger contract from Merseyside giants Liverpool, the Spaniard wants to see more investment in the squad, suggesting that the Reds may need up to five new signings over the summer and hinting if the money isn’t made available, his future may lie elsewhere.

Speaking to Spanish newspaper AS Sports, the former Athletico Madrid striker claimed that “Champions League qualification isn’t so important.”

It is rare to find a footballer in the top flight of English football who places as little importance on the Champions League spot as Torres does. Arguably, most players at the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal would consider leaving their respective clubs if they failed to qualify for the prestigious competition. Instead El Nino is more concerned about the long-term future of the club he’s grown to love, and it’s something which should be applauded.

“The really important thing is that the club makes a big effort and brings in important players, who will improve the quality of the squad.

“We need four or five top-class players to compete, better than we have here, who will make us grit our teeth and do everything we can to try and keep our places.

“Without reinforcements next year we will once again be fighting to be fourth.

“I want to fight next year to win the Premier League, to win the Champions League or the Europa League, but for this there have to be signings.”

Torres’ ambition to help Liverpool do well next season suggest, contrary to media speculation, that the Spaniard’s heart lies in his adopted city, rather than at free-spending Manchester City, who the Euro 2008 winner has been linked to on several occasions.

Torres also talked about the importance of repaying the fans’ loyalty to both himself, the manager and the club by getting back to winning ways in the future.

“I’ve left my home and it’s clear that I owe Liverpool many things, and I’m very happy here,” he continued. “The fans have treated me like one of their own, but I’m going to think about my future and hopefully it will be here. I think these fans deserve to win.

“Beyond thinking about me, I think the club deserve to get back to winning [trophies], but they know themselves that right now that it’s far off.

“The fans are worried about players going, it’s a problem when you start to fear that your players are going because you know it’s because the club is not moving forward, but I don’t think that is going to be the situation here.”

There have been many occasions when Torres has spoke of repaying the fans for their loyalty in the past. In one interview with a notable British broadsheet last year Torres claimed that he had four years left on his contract and planned on seeing it out, regardless of what happened on or off the pitch. This interview with AS suggests exactly the same.

It is refreshing to see a footballer, especially one at the top of their game, who can step back and look at the bigger picture, at the long-term rather than just the short-term. Even if Liverpool don’t qualify for the Champions League, don’t expect Fernando Torres to be going anywhere fast.

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