Torres helped convince Sterling to join Liverpool, says ex-Reds boss
Former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez reveals Fernando Torres helped convince Raheem Sterling to join in 2010
Rafael Benitez has revealed that Fernando Torres played an important role when it came to luring Raheem Sterling to Liverpool.
The England international has emerged as one of the Reds’s key players following the departure of Luis Suarez to Barcelona in the summer.
Sterling has scored 13 goals in 63 Premier League appearances following his move to Liverpool from Queens Park Rangers as a youth player in 2010.
And former Reds manager Benitez revealed that Torres met Sterling in a bid to convince the forward to join the 18-time English champions.
Benitez told the People: “Fernando was there and I think Steven Gerrard, too. But definitely Fernando. I explained what Raheem and his mum were doing and I told Fernando what we thought of the young player we had brought in.
“He had a quick chat with him, asking how he was getting on. He was interested in him.
“Raheem was really pleased – and you could see his mum was, too – really impressed that the club’s biggest players had made a fuss of him.”