Reds gaffer ‘waiting’ on Torres news

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.