Torres demands new Anfield owners

Reds co-owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks put the club up for

sale in April and Barclays Capital was appointed to oversee the

process. But a buyer has yet to be found, with Hong Kong

businessman Kenny Huang abandoning his interest and uncertainty

surrounding a consortium fronted by Yahya Kirdi. Star striker

Torres, who ignored interest from Chelsea and Manchester City in

the summer to voice his commitment to Roy Hodgson’s new-look

Liverpool, hopes a solution can be found quickly. “It is

fundamental new owners arrive that can make us a competitive side,”

he told Spanish radio station Cadena Cope. “We’re not that far

behind. We had an appalling season last time around, but the year

before we were just four points from Manchester United. “Hopefully

we can find a consortium that buys the club and can make Liverpool

able to fight financially with Chelsea and United. “Then let’s see

what we’re capable of doing this season. Liverpool kept Steven

Gerrard which is fundamental. It’s still a great team. “It’s a

delicate situation because we are not in the Champions League, but

it is still the biggest club in England and to play at Anfield

every week is a privilege. “That’s how I see it. I like to have

targets, and to be able to help bring Liverpool back where they

deserve is a beautiful target. “It is always complicated when you

start with a new manager and new players, but we’ll see what we are

capable of.” Torres has also revealed that Liverpool rejected bids

for his services in the summer transfer market. “The club received

offers and decided to reject them,” he said. “That’s where it ends.

Everyone thought I was leaving for Spain during the World Cup when

there was nothing in it. “I said the day I returned to train that

my future was at Liverpool. I have a contract until 2013. “This

year our target has to be the top four. Like every team-mate, we

all want to improve and win titles and for that it is fundamental

we get new owners.”