Reds gaffer ‘waiting’ on Torres news

Liverpool striker Fernando Torres, who missed Sunday’s 0-0 draw

with Fulham at Anfield, is to visit a specialist to assess his knee

injury.

Torres’ problem is a worrying development for the Reds, who

had hoped the Spain international’s discomfort was not serious.

Torres, 26, was sidelined for a month after a knee operation

in January.

Reds manager Rafael Benitez said: “He has a problem with his

knee and has gone to see a specialist. We are waiting for news.

“We don’t know really, it depends on the specialists.

“He had a problem before and we were trying to protect him.”

Benitez attracted howls of derision when he controversially

substituted Torres with 25 minutes remaining at Birmingham last

week with the score 1-1.

But the manager insisted the player was tired and needed ice

treatment on his knee.

Torres recovered sufficiently to play, and score twice, in

Thursday’s Europa League quarter-final win over Benfica but again

left the field early.

Liverpool are next in action when they face West Ham at

Anfield a week on Monday.

They then face Torres’ former club Atletico Madrid in the

first leg of their Europa League semi-final three days later.