| 13.9°C Belfast

Torres targets silver lining for struggling Liverpool


Fernando Torres

Fernando Torres

Fernando Torres

For all Fernando Torres' impact at Liverpool since his arrival in England in 2007, there has been no silverware to match his personal achievements for the club.

But despite the Reds’ sluggish start in the FA Cup — when they could only draw 1-1 at Reading with the replay at Anfield tonight — the tournament could yet offer some salvation to a season that has blown well off course.

Having won the Champions League in Rafael Benitez's first season in 2005, few would have thought that the FA Cup final win over West Ham the following year would be their only trophy over the next couple of seasons despite Torres arriving amid a flurry of goals.

Although Liverpool pushed Manchester United all the way for the Premier League last season, the closest Torres has come to collective success has been discussing the dramatic victory over West Ham with Pepe Reina, Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher.

“I remember watching the 2006 final when Liverpool played West Ham, it was a great match,” the Spanish forward said. “Pepe, Stevie and Carra have told me all about it.

“In this country it is the most important trophy after the title. Of course we want to finish in the top four too. If we could do that and win the cup it would be the best season we've had for the last three or four years.

“In one game anything can happen. We have to be aware of that and remain focused to ensure teams don't surprise us. Hopefully we can overcome them (Reading) in the replay. We are confident of doing so.

“Unfortunately this season is not turning out how we had wanted, but our best is still to come. Let's hope that we can put a string of good performances together and that we can put right what we've not done so well up to now.”

And manager Benitez has called for his side to show “attitude” against the Royals.

He said: “The attitude is more important against teams from a lower division. After that you know you have some quality, but attitude is the key.”

Belfast Telegraph