Rafa Benitez raps Liverpool ace Torres
Rafa Benitez has hit out at star striker Fernando Torres by telling him to shut up and get on with it.
Torres has cut an increasingly frustrated figure in recent weeks, with Liverpool’s season crashing from one failure to another, and has been accused by pundits of being petulant.
Now, following Sunday’s defeat to bitter rivals Manchester United under-fire Benitez has hammered the Kop hero.
“Fernando knows he has to focus a little bit more,” said the Reds boss.
“We were talking about this at half-time (against United) so that is something that will be better for him and better for the team. He can score more goals by concentrating on football.
“All strikers, especially top-class strikers, are marked a little bit more closely than others and that is normal.”
However, fans are staying loyal to the Spanish striker, with Mark Brady from Comber Liverpool Supporters Club empathising with Torres.
“A lot of it is to do with the players that he has around him, I think,” said Brady.
“Torres is running around there trying to make things happen but the majority of the players around him aren’t up to it. He is one of the best players in the world so I can understand why he is getting frustrated. He came to Liverpool because he wanted to win things but they are going backwards.”