Torres says sales have cost club

07 Apr 2010 by Lewis Doe in News
Liverpool striker Fernando Torres

Liverpool striker Fernando Torres

Liverpool striker, Fernando Torres, has said that the club are paying the price for not replacing some of the best players the club have had.

Liverpool sold a couple of key players to Real Madrid last summer and Torres says the reason the side is struggling is because they have not been adequately replaced with consistent and quality players.

Torres is the biggest asset still at the club and there are rumours circulating daily that he could be tempted to move away from Liverpool this summer if the club don’t get back into the Champions League.

The Spaniard said: “There have been various important factors, like being so far behind the top teams so quickly. That killed us psychologically. After that, injuries hit us hard and we have suffered a lot because of them.”

“But after a good season last year, we needed certain reinforcements and we needed to keep the squad we had together. But circumstances dictated that we had to sell players and so everything got messed up. The sales of (Alvaro) Arbeloa, (Sami) Hyypia and (Xabi) Alonso were important losses.”

“Alvaro always did a vital job for us, always played to a high level, and his flexibility was a huge bonus. Sami did not play every week but he was a 10 out of 10 on and off the pitch. And Xabi? Players like him are very rare. He was the team’s engine, and you know that when you change an engine, it takes time to work again.”

“The biggest clubs in Europe always go through difficult spells where there appears to be no light at the end of the tunnel. But because they are big clubs, they always come back and they do so with a vengeance. It is just a matter of time. Rafa signed a five-year contract last summer. He did that because he wants to help the club grow. Rafa’s new era is just starting.”

Liverpool will have to play consistently well for the rest if the season if they want any hope of being able to attract the best players to the club. This is something they have not done all season and there are no signs that this will change soon.

The side need to have faith in the manager and hope that he knows what he’s doing. The club are short in one or two areas of the team and this will have to be sorted out in the very near future.

If Torres goes or if Liverpool lose one more influential player then the club will quickly run into difficulties. They cannot afford this if they want to get back to the high Level they have just been at.

If the club was pitted against a Barcelona at the moment then they would get ripped apart and it is this gulf in quality that Rafa Benitez has got to get rid of as quickly as he can.


Owen happy to be kept out by Rooney

23 Feb 2010 by Lewis Doe in News

Manchester United's Wayne RooneyManchester United striker, Michael Owen, has admitted that he will be happy to sit on the bench for as long as Wayne Rooney keeps up his good performances.

Rooney has been arguably in the best form of his left so far in the Premier League. He has a healthy return of goals and has taken up the role of being the most important player at the club since the departure of some Portuguese bloke to Real Madrid in the summer.

Owen insists that he is not getting cold feet at his prospects of making a last bid to get into the England World Cup squad for the summer. He says that for as long as Rooney keeps playing well then he cannot complain about not getting into the team.

Owen said: “Unfortunately for me, yes, because it means I get less time, but he’s fantastic. He is as he comes across — a local scally really that’s come good. He’s a cracking lad and a cracking player. A lot of people relate to him, the way he plays. That’s why he’s so popular — the England fans sing his name, the United fans sing his name.”

“He’s been absolutely fantastic, his finishing is unbelievable, and his general play — if he continues this, he will be one of the world’s best.”

“It’s been a long time since I was in the England squad. You never give up but it’s probably a long shot in racing terms. It’s been great, whenever I’m called upon, I’m fit and ready. Of course you want to play a bit more but I’ve had some cracking times already at United.”

Many criticised Owen when he decided to make the move to United, saying that he was taking the easy way out as opposed to trying to break into the starting line up of a smaller team and nail down his place.

However, you cannot really blame him for snapping the hand off of Sir Alex Ferguson when the Scot enquired about his services. One thing Owen does have is plenty of experience, which at times is something United have not had.

Owen is still a very good goal scorer as well and warrants a place in the team. United team members have said that the former Liverpool man looks deadly when they play in training and that when he is asked to do a job he is straining to get off of the leash.

How long Rooney can keep his current run of form going is unknown. Owen will be ready to step in and take his chance when it is given to him. His reaction when he scored the winner against Manchester City at Old Trafford proves he is still playing with the energy and enthusiasm of a little boy.

Rooney and Owen have not played that much together so far at United but there could be a point in the near future when they do. Owen will have to learn to adapt to Rooney’s game if he wants to play football more regularly.


Owen ups stakes

07 Oct 2009 by Lewis Doe in Liverpool

michael-owen-jpgMichael Owen has upped the stakes ahead of Manchester United’s future game with Liverpool. Owen has said that United are the biggest club in the world, which will not go down well with Liverpool fans that saw Owen forge his career on Anfield.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s decision to give Owen a chance in a United shirt does not seem to have been a bad one just yet, even though the player is struggling with another injury.

What will not go down well with Liverpool fans is that Owen, a Liverpool legend, even considered a move to United in the first place. His comments are sure to fire up the passion of many fans who will be expecting Liverpool to up their game after some disappointing results.

Owen said: “It’s fantastic, everything you would expect of a top, top team. It’s probably the biggest club in the world. Everything right down to the kit man and the canteen girls through to the manager, it is just first class.”

“The older you get, the more you get to learn your body. A couple of years ago I would have carried on playing, pulled something and been out for a couple of months, or a few weeks at least. But I felt something coming and if I’d continued I think I would have pulled my groin so I came off just before it happened and instead of three or four weeks it was three or four days.”

If United are going to succeed on more than one front this season then they will need Owen to play his part. The trick will be keeping him free from regular injuries that he now seems prone to and if the club can do this then they have the poacher that they have been missing ever since Ru ud Van Nistelrooy went to join Real Madrid.

Owen has already done a large part in making himself an Old Trafford by scoring a winner against Manchester City in injury time of one of the best derbies in recent memory. It was just what United needed to lift the side after a dodgy display and if he can do it again in another important match they will love him for a long time.

Owen seems to know that he is lucky to have been given a contract at United when he could easily have ended up at a Hull or Stoke City. The point that someone showed such faith in him seems to be something he will never forget.