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After steering Spain to glory at EURO 2008, Fernando Torres hopes to guide Liverpool back to winning ways this season.

Torres capped off a remarkable 2007-08 campaign by scoring the only goal in the final as la Furia Roja downed Germany last month to claim their first title since 1964.

The silky striker established himself as an undisputed Kop favourite during his first term at Anfield, netting 33 times and forging a near-telepathic understanding with Reds captain Steven Gerrard.

But even that was not enough to secure silverware, as a mid-season slump saw the Merseyside giants bow out of Premier League contention by January, while they also fell short in cup play.

It is now 18 years since Liverpool collected their last league title, and Torres is desperate to help end that drought.

"Euro 2008 was my first major title, but I don't want it to end here," he said in The Mirror.

"I want it to be the first of many titles because I want to win trophies with Liverpool. I know how much that would mean to the club and the fans.

"They gave me terrific support during Euro 2008 and I know that they were cheering for Spain, which is something I will never forget."

Torres went on to praise Rafael Benitez, insisting the Reds boss played a huge part in his success for both club and country.

"The goals I scored for Liverpool last season gave me the confidence I needed to take into the Euros," the ex-Atletico Madrid man continued.

"I have to thank Rafa and the staff for the help they have given me. I improved as a player because of them.

"Rafa is obsessed with details and he even had a programme worked out for me before I got here last summer. He makes crazy demands on us. At the end of training, when we're all tired, he can still make us repeat routines 20 or 30 times."

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i think they will be dangerous this year ,one of these years they will be back lets hope its not very soon, it goes around in cycles and they are long overdue
i think torres will be a marked man this year after all the goals he got last year , hopefully premier league defences will have got used to him and snuff him out

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Torres plays exponentially better as the lone striker. Problem is, no one in the Scum's midfield are going to score more then 10 goals. So where are their other goals coming from? Voronin? Kuyt?

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Fernando Torres is a brilliant striker and I have no shame in admitting that I wish that we had signed him. My understanding is that we tracked him for a few years but were put off by the transfer fee. That was understandabl;e considering the fee Liverpool paid but, unexpectedly, he has proved to be worth every penny.

Ultimately, it's his misfortune because he will not win as much as he should at Liverpool. I think he'll he'll turn out to be like Shearer - idolised but lacking in medals. In a few years he'll realise his mistake and join a Spanish/Italian team.

piazza said:
Torres plays exponentially better as the lone striker. Problem is, no one in the Scum's midfield are going to score more then 10 goals. So where are their other goals coming from? Voronin? Kuyt?
Gerrard goals:

04/05: 13
05/06: 22
06/07: 11
07/08: 22

Damn. Keep shooting you down don't I? :rolleyes:

Should change the title of this thread to..

...Kop desperate for glory !!

At the end of next season there will be a 1 minutes silence...

...please respect the death of Dippers FC.

( they died years ago but no-one noticed). :D

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So funny. I can only say Benitez's condition has certainly turned for the worse. ;)

But then again, he is good in selling vision to the fans and his Chairman, which probably kept his position to date. Do notice, however, that he talked big and ambitious, then without himself realising, immediately came back to earth again... Guess he knew deep inside he still could not lie to himself. :D



Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez refused to admit the Premier League title has become his number one priority as the Merseyside club prepare to successfully conclude their summer-long quest to sign Gareth Barry.

Villa have already rejected a number of bids which fell short of their £18million valuation but manager Martin O'Neill admitted the door was open for Benitez to come in again with an acceptable bid for his skipper.

Robbie Keane was signed from Tottenham in the last week for £20.3million, and although Benitez has said he will have to sell before he can buy Barry, the recruitment of the England international would give added hope of bringing the much-coveted league title back to Anfield for the first time since 1990.

Liverpool demolished Rangers 4-0 in a friendly at Ibrox on Saturday to keep them unbeaten in six pre-season games, and they would hope to unveil Barry before their friendly against Lazio next Friday.

Benitez was reluctant to comment on the prospect of the Barry deal being resurrected but stressed there was no more importance placed on Liverpool adding to their record 18 title wins than their Champions League aspirations this season.

"Everything is important," he said.

"Europe is important, the Premier League is important, the FA Cup and the Carling Cup, so we will try to win every trophy and you never know.

"We will try to win from the first game and then see the situation.

"Clearly we have confidence in ourselves and have the quality to try to win every game but you never know what can happen in any competition.

"We started really well and finished really well last season.

"If we can do the same this time then hopefully we will be better in the middle of the season.

"But we will be working really hard to be as competitive as we can."

Certainly, Liverpool showed enough at Ibrox to suggest they will offer a serious threat to likely front runners Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal this season.

New striker David Ngog opened his account for the Reds after Fernando Torres had given them a first-half lead.

As Rangers dissolved into disarray, Yossi Benayoun grabbed number three before Xabi Alonso scored from the penalty spot.

Alonso is thought to be one player that could be on the move to free up some money for the Barry transfer but Benitez insists the Spaniard will not necessarily leave Anfield before the transfer window closes.

He said: "It's simple. He is a very good player who is playing for us and I am really pleased with that."
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