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Liverpool hoping to keep hold of Fernando Torres

Former Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish is confident the capture of Joe Cole and retention of captain Steven Gerrard will show Fernando Torres just how serious Roy Hodgson is about moving the Reds forwards.



Hodgson, who took charge at Anfield following the departure of Rafael Benitez, is hoping Torres will follow Gerrard's example and publicly commit himself to the club, but concedes the Spain striker has misgivings.

Hodgson briefly met with Torres for the first time last week and maintains the 26-year-old's apparent reluctance to commit himself to another season with Liverpool comes from issues stretching back before he arrived as the new manager.

Torres — battling to be fit from an injury suffered in the World Cup final — has been linked with a £60million move to Chelsea should he decide his future lies away from Anfield.

Dalglish feels Torres can be talked round to stay on under the new regime.

“When Torres sees that [Cole signing] and talks with Roy I am sure he will give us good news,” Dalglish said. “I hope Torres stays. Only Fernando knows what is going to do.

“Unfortunately for him he is injured, but he is a fantastic player and is very happy around the club and the city.

“The fact that Stevie is staying will be a great help and players like Joe Cole, Milan Jovanovic and Danny Wilson means there is buying for the present and the future.”

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