Sunday, July 5, 2009

King Praises the Superstar

New Liverpool academy advisor Kenny Dalglish has stated that he has been very impressed with the impact striker Fernando Torres has had on the club.

The Anfield legend, who returned to the club yesterday, feels that Torres has taken the Reds to a new level, and has said that the Spaniard is now an invaluable member of the squad.

Speaking to Liverpool's official website, Dalglish said, "Fernando has been invaluable to Liverpool Football Club in the two years he's been here and he has made a massive contribution, both in terms of the number of goals he's scored and his sheer presence on the pitch.

"A lot of people stood up and took notice when he scored his first goal for the club against Chelsea at Anfield because he took it so brilliantly.

"If people hadn't already taken him seriously, they certainly did from that moment on.

"He's since scored some spectacular goals, but it is his clinicalness that I like - his goal against Blackburn earlier this year was fantastic.

"Torres is a real threat that opponents don't like coming up against and Fernando can be more than delighted with what he's achieved since he came here because he's certainly made a profuse contribution."

Dalglish also feels that Torres can be the man to take the club to the next level and win the Premier League trophy for the first time in their history.

"There is a real determination at Anfield for the club to be as successful as they possibly can," he continued.

"I'm sure he would not have agreed a new long-term contract if he didn't believe the club were moving in the right direction.

"Last season was a bit of a stop-start one for Fernando. It was a long season and he obviously picked up some injuries along the way.

"At times, Rafa had to even leave him out or take him off early in games to try and protect him, but although last campaign was difficult, he will have benefited from that experience and he'll be ready for this season.

"He's very happy here, which is great, and it's a real bonus that we've got him in our side."

Torres has been at Anfield for just two years, and has already settled into life in England, scoring 38 goals in just 57 league appearances.

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