Torres rues lack of Liverpool funds

BY foxsports • December 23, 2009

Fernando Torres has admitted Liverpool cannot afford to buy top-class players in January.

Fernando Torres has underlined the bleak future facing Liverpool by admitting the club cannot afford to buy top-class players in January.

The Spain striker, on whom Liverpool have relied heavily since he moved from Atletico Madrid in 2007, conceded Liverpool need new players and insisted that replacing manager Rafael Benitez would not solve their current predicament.

The Reds are eighth in the Premier League, their American owners are under pressure to cut their £240million debt, and they are out of the Champions League.

They are also facing a £20million cut in income if they fail to qualify for the Champions League next season - and they are eight points away from fourth-placed Aston Villa.

Torres, speaking in Zurich after being named part of FIFA's world XI, said: "Obviously we need players. If we can bring quality players it should be really positive for us, but I think the situation is really difficult because I think we don't have money to bring in the best players.

"It's a difficult situation but every top team in the world goes sometimes through a bad situation like Liverpool now.

"Like every top team in the world, Liverpool will get over the situation.

"I have confidence in myself and my team. I know we are good enough. We were playing really well last season with the same team. We have to just recover the mentality and the confidence in ourselves and everything will be different."

Benitez's position has come under some scrutiny even though it is thought his job is safe until the end of the season - in the current circumstances owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks would struggle to afford to sack him and appoint a new manager.

Torres - the subject of speculation that Manchester City may bid for him in the January window - said the players should take responsibility for their situation rather than Benitez.

He added: "I think sacking the manager is not a solution.

"The manager is not playing so we have to be positive with him, try to work with him. We are the main reason, the players are the people that have to find a solution to the situation. The manager is not playing, so we have to play much better."

Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard, also named in the world XI, called on the team to pull together.

Gerrard said: "I don't think it's right to pick out individual players.

"We're a team, we're a group and we are responsible for where we're lying in the league at the moment. All of us have got to stick together and try and pull through and turn it around."

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