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March 23, 2010

Torres reveals the pain of playing for Liverpool

“Liverpool need to buy 4 or 5 new quality players or we can’t challenge for the Premier League”, says Fernando Torres. While The Kop’s No.9 blurt out the obvious, something your nan probably also knows, I wonder if he has been blinded by the weekly wages that Liverpool has to pay him to keep him playing for them. I mean, its obvious Liverpool pay their wages (unlike Portsmouth), but for Torres to be totally ignorant of the dire financial situation at Liverpool speaks volumes of how much he’s kept in the loop of things.

Don’t get me wrong. Liverpool fans will probably slay me for this. But if you’re truly committed to the club, you’d bother to find out what the groundsman kids name is and get your kid to attend his birthday party. Even if it wasn’t to this extent, you’d have some clue what your club can and cannot buy. Of course it would be nice to have the bench-warming Benzema over the likes of David Ngog, but to say your teammates are not good enough and the team needs a major makeover without knowing they can’t afford to is disgraceful.

Of course Albert Riera found out the hard way that you can’t just say the guy who brought you in is a joke, but Torres has the blessings (and talent) to make sure his words don’t result him in being sold or penalized.

I could be mistaken of course. Perhaps Torres does know about the financial situation at Liverpool and is merely highlighting to the American Duo that they need to sign the bloody cheques or else they’d be looking for a new No.9. Maybe he is using this opportunity to call upon a richer club to take him under their wings. Maybe the American Duo asked his publicist to make such a statement, in order to con Man City and Chelsea to buy him, and then take a share of the proceeds, and then sell Liverpool off to the next bidder. I have plenty of conspiracy theories in my head but in the end, only Torres will know if he is actually that ignorant.

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. mark permalink
    March 23, 2010 2:39 pm

    glamorousdiss; it must of taken u all of two seconds to write that dogshite, come down to liverpool and show that writtern crap to us,

    you might as well give up on writing and start doing make up stories!

    do you work for that wrag, the one that we have not brought since the days of long ago, you crap and you have not clue what so ever about our club if you did you would not write anti- lfc things such as the likes of sky sports love to do, please get another day job.

  2. Phil permalink
    March 23, 2010 2:39 pm

    What a pointless piece of drivel. Torres expresses his own views to a Spanish Newspaper in response to questions from journalist. I’ve read the piece, have you? There was no implied threat. He is grateful for what LFC and Benitez has done for his career, and insisted that his immediate future is at Liverpool whatever happens this season (along with most of the top players who have agreed new contracts). What he did say was we need investment in players if we are going to challenge next season. The other top teams will all spend money, if we don’t we will be left behind. This is partly the reason for this poor year. We failed to replace Alonso, had a series of players lost to injury and a subsequent drop in performance and moral. Remember there have already been offers for Torres. Man City had offered to double his wages but he has stayed loyal to Liverpool FC. To suggest that he is mercenary is most disrespectful.

  3. Voland permalink
    March 23, 2010 2:47 pm

    I thought it was fairly obvious what Torres was doing (and in a pretty smart way) – putting pressure on the owners to accept new investment even if the price is not quite what they were looking for…

  4. mark lfc permalink
    March 23, 2010 3:37 pm

    That is by far the worst article I have EVER read on ANY subject!!
    Though I might be slightly harsh as this “article” could conceivably have been written by a child (I’m guessing around 5 or 6) and in that case well done and keep trying.

  5. Regional Accent permalink
    March 23, 2010 3:38 pm

    It’s not that he’s not aware of the financial situation at the club, he’s speaking out trying to persuade the owners to put some money forward

  6. mad permalink
    March 23, 2010 4:11 pm

    Torres is only stating what needs to be said the liverpool team are not good enough with the likes of kuyt,ngog,lucas,insua playing week in week out,if we can spend 20 million pounds on INJURED PLAYER , another 20 million on 1 player who played half A Season and 18 million on a right back then torres must be thinking we cant be that financaly unstable.

  7. March 23, 2010 5:01 pm

    I’m actually surprised by how many readers come in to WDKF expecting factual shit! I mean the abbreviation WDKF tells it all! How bout actually reading what you type in your browser or what links your clicking?!

    If the name of the site itself is “We don’t know football” and you come in expecting something half decent, and then commenting on how crap it is, then you’re the ones making a fool out of yourself!

    Having said that, “mad” made a good point about spending 20mil on an injured midfielder. No wonder Torres thinks Liverpool have got money to burn! lol

  8. March 23, 2010 8:09 pm

    It looks to me like he’s just given an honest appraisal of the current state of the Liverpool squad. Surely it makes sense that a team currently 6th in the league needs a big overhaul if they’re to challenge for the titlle?

  9. March 24, 2010 10:37 am

    Erm…i really dont see the rhyme or reason of this article at all.

    As much as i love some Scouse bashing being a Manc, Torres is well within his right to profess this belief…as he is totally correct. Liverpool are several top players off being a force. I dont think he has any ulterior motives for saying what he did. Gerrard and Carragher would probably say the same.

    Glamourdiss im really disappointed with what you wrote in the comment section:

    “If the name of the site itself is “We don’t know football” and you come in expecting something half decent, and then commenting on how crap it is, then you’re the ones making a fool out of yourself!”

    Despite the ‘We Dont Know Football’ heading, the site has had some brilliant pieces written over the last twelve months. The reason why YJ asked people like me, Katie, Sarah, Kevin and Andrew to contribute to the site was to give it some more weight and quality, and i believe we all did that. However, its pieces like this, which have dubious quality and direction that have led us all to write elsewhere. If you write something, you’d probably want people to read it. Ive written many an inflammatory piece and been slaughtered for it after, but i tend not to tell the reader that its their problem not mine. Yes we give opinion, cos thats what football is about. However, if you profess that what you write is a load of rubbish, then no one will read and you might as well call it quits.

    Unfortunately, ive written my last piece for WDKF. I loved writing for the site last year, but until YJ starts editing again, and giving some direction, i think im done here.

    As a shameless last plug..as ever you can find me at http://viewfromtier3.blogspot.com/

    Love and light Rx

  10. George permalink
    March 24, 2010 12:12 pm

    As Rob said, Torres is well within his rights to voice his concerns over the club’s current situation, and he’s also well within his rights to leave the club if we’re not winning trophies. He’s stayed loyal to Liverpool so far, but one has to question how much longer that will continue, especially if Liverpool don’t make significant signings this summer.

    Again, I’m not sure of the point of this article but people commenting should be a little more constructive in their arguments.

    P.s. Rob you forgot me – I still write for this site :).

  11. March 24, 2010 1:44 pm

    Im not quite sure where in my article I said that Torres cannot make comments regarding the team, rather it is the nature and the timing of the comments. I mean Liverpool are broke and the whole world knows it but Torres still insists on new players. Its a chicken and egg situation!

    WDKF was born because myself and another writer AB wanted a website where we can poke fun at football as we know it. Yes YJ joined us (reluctantly I might add!) and made WDKF better and bigger than I ever expected but I’m just doing what I always intended to do from the start.

    It is still our views on football, and no matter how pointless an article is or irrelevant a comment is (we nvr even deleted the spam comments!), everyone should be entitled to place their opinions here!

    • March 24, 2010 10:29 pm

      glamorousdiss,

      Interesting choice of phrase in response to some of your critics, specifically, the first couple of paragraphs of your initial reply. Ironic title or otherwise, WDKF has a group of writers that most definitely know their stuff and, who, collectively make the site a cut above many others for both the tongue in cheek and factual, thought provoking stuff. The balance is just about right I’d say, with none of the lighter weight, knockabout stuff out of place.

      Regarding the article itself, in terms of the quality and numbers, Liverpool probably have the weakest squad of all the Premiership teams that were expected to contend this season. The numbers thing you can work around if you have sufficient quality, but Liverpool have had the look of Manchester City under Sven Goran Eriksson, the upshot of which is their season has lurched from one crisis to the next, seemingly from fairly early on.

      Torres has simply articulated what most of the fans already know and is far from ignorant. Had anyof the lesser lights of the present Liverpool squad deigned to volunteer similar opinions, they’d have been out on their ear. Different context I realise, but Albert Riera can vouch for that as he and the missus begin checking out Moscow’s estate agents!

      Only Torres and hideous compensation clauses have kept Rafael Benitez at Anfield this season.

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