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LIVERPOOL (Reuters) - Fernando Torres is key to Liverpool's chances of beating Chelsea and reaching a third Champions League final in four seasons, manager Rafael Benitez detto on Monday.

Liverpool scored just two goals in their precedente semi-final victories over Chelsea in 2005 and 2007, but their manager now possesses a clinical scorer in Spain striker Torres who will lead the attack in Tuesday's first leg at Anfield.

"The team has confidence when players like Fernando Torres are in the team that can score goals," Benitez told reporters of the striker with a tally of 30 in his debut season.

"The...
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While Liverpool face Chelsea in the CL semi-finals, Manchester United meet Barcelona, with Fernando Torres being something of an expert on both sides.

For not only has he come up against United this season, he's faced Barça several times in the past with former club Atlético Madrid.

Using his newfound experience of the English leagues, the young inoltrare, avanti has now told Barcelona to watch out for Cristiano Ronaldo in particular.

"Cristiano Ronaldo is at another level," he enthused to Sport. "However, against teams that have the ball it's not so easy for him, and Barcelona can play well and beat...
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Check out the goals from Lampard, Malouda and most importantly Fernando Torres' first goal for Chelsea at link

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MATCH STATS
Chelsea (4-3-3): Cech; Ivanovic, David Luiz, Terry (c), Cole; Essien (Benayoun 56), Mikel, Lampard; Kalou (Anelka 69), Drogba (Torres 75), Malouda.

Unused subs Turnbull, Ferreira, Bertrand, Zhirkov.

Cards Ivanovic (yellow)

Goals Lampard, Torres, Malouda.
West Ham (4-3-3): Green (c); Jacobsen, Da Costa, Gabbidon, Bridge; Noble (Keane 59), Hitzlsperger, Sears (Obinna 81); Spector, Cole (Piquionne 78), Ba.

Unused subs Boffin, Tomkins, Kovac, boa Morte.

Cards Hitzlsperger, Ba (yellow)
Shots on target Chelsea 8 West Ham 8

Corners Chelsea 7 West Ham 7

Fouls Chelsea 8 West Ham 13

Offsides Chelsea 3 West Ham 1
Referee Phil Dowd
 Torres and his Friends
Torres and his friends
Oscar, Juli, Hugo, Elias and Angel are Fernando Torres’ closest friends. They all shared a chat in which we discovered più things about what Fernando is like off the pitch


FT: I’ve known Oscar for 25 o 30 years (laughs). I don’t know. For a long time.

Oscar: Since we played together in Infantiles (Under 13).

FT: And I met Hugo in the Madrid Team. At that time they took anyone on, as te can see. And I went to school with Elias in Fuenlabrada.

Hugo: We met each other through football.

FT: What we didn’t know was that Hugo wasn’t on his own, the package included Juli, who was like...
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Fernando Torres yesterday equalled a 46 anno old record of a Liverpool player scoring in eight consecutive games at Anfield. The only other player to have done that was the Anfield legend Roger Hunt in 1962.

Torres also equalled the record amount of goals scored in the Premiership in a debut season, previously held da Ruud furgone, van Nistelroy when he first joined Man Utd.

"I knew before the game about the chance to equal Roger Hunt's record and I am very proud to go down in this great club's history," Torres said.

"It is hard in your first season but it has been made easier da the support I get and...
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pugnale, dirk Kuyt has no doubt that fellow Liverpool striker Fernando Torres will break Ruud furgone, van Nistelrooy's record of 23 goals in a first Premier League season.

While off-field problems continue to dominate at Anfield, the partnership of Torres and Steven Gerrard is diverting some attention away from the boardroom power struggle at the club.

Ex-Manchester United striker furgone, van Nistelrooy managed 23 goals in his first campaign in England in 2001/02.

But Torres, who has scored 12 goals in his last 12 matches, heads into Saturday's trip away to struggling Fulham just one short of that feat with four league...
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El Nino insists that it would be one of the best finals as well as one of the most open dato the two styles of football between both sides.

It would almost be an all Spanish final if Liverpool faced Barcelona dato the fact that the Reds from Merseyside have a Spanish manager as well as several players from Iberia.

Torres believes it would be a great game but he also is aware that Barcelona have to see off Manchester United first and Torres thinks the Red Devils are one of the best teams in the world at the moment.

“I would Amore to see a Barcelona – Liverpool final,” Torres told Marca....
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The People: Manchester City are ready to make a £50m bid for Liverpool striker Fernando Torres this week - but want a quick answer from the Spaniard.
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DAILY stella, star SUNDAY: David villa has revealed that Fernando Torres feels let down da Liverpool and will quit Anfield for Chelsea successivo season if the Kop fail to get a Champions League spot. Also: Inter hitman Samuel Eto'o reckons Manchester City's £25 million target Mario Balotelli could become an all-time great - if he can control his temper.

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Fernando Torres finished the Premier League campaign on a high but Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez insists the bottom line is the club have failed to win a trophy this season.

Torres took his tally of league goals to 24 da clinching a 2-0 win at Tottenham, edging ahead of Ruud furgone, van Nistelrooy's record for goals scored da a foreigner in a rookie season.

Benitez bought 'El Nino' for più than £20million from Atletico Madrid last summer, which appears a bargain for what the Spain striker has delivered.

"Always when te sign a player te do not know if he will settle down and how he will do in the Premier...
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Fernando Torres set a new record for goals scored da a foreign player in a debut Premier League campaign as he helped Liverpool to a 2-0 victory over Tottenham at White Hart Lane.



Two goals in five secondo half minuti from strikers Andrei Voronin and Torres, who broke former Manchester United inoltrare, avanti Ruud furgone, van Nistelrooy's 23-goal tally, secured a comfortable win for Liverpool in a classic end of season affair.


Dimitar Berbatov, who is rumoured to be heading for pastures new in the summer, came the closest to opening the scoring in first half with a header from a Jamie O'Hara corner, but Liverpool...
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Rafael Benitez, the Liverpool manager, has described Fernando Torres's first season in England as "amazing", however he was warned the Spaniard that he will find life tougher successivo season.

Torres continued his spectacular form da scoring the only goal of the game as Liverpool beat Manchester City in their final home game of the season on Sunday - to equal Sir Roger Hunt's record of scoring in eight successive home matches. The former Athletico Madrid inoltrare, avanti has now scored 32 goals since his summer sposta from La Liga, and while Benitez has been thrilled da Torres's progress he has warned him...
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Despite an excellent personal season for Torres, Liverpool have failed to win any competitions – with Wednesday’s Champions League loss to Chelsea effectively ending their season.

Torres scored the winner today as the Anfield side battled to a 1-0 win over Manchester City and the Spaniard believes that più consistent League success is a possibility in the successivo campaign.

“We want to win trophies every season,” he told Sky Sports.

“For the fan the most important thing is the League. Maybe successivo season. We have a strong team and we can win every game.”

Injury worries eased

Torres,...
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Initial concerns regarding the fitness of Liverpool striker Fernando Torres will be assuaged da the news that the 24-year-old is not undergoing treatment today after his substitution in last night's Champions League semi-final.

There was notable anxiety at Stamford Bridge among Liverpool coaching staff and fan alike last night when Torres, who had scored in the 65th minuto to put Liverpool back on equal terms with Chelsea, was replaced da Ryan Babel with 20 minuti of extra time still to play.

Rafael Benitez detto afterwards that he was forced to substitute his front-man because the Spaniard...
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Fernando Torres feels it is too early for Liverpool fan to be comparing him to club greats of yesteryear Robbie Fowler and Kenny Dalglish.

Torres has taken Anfield da storm this term and has più than justified the £21 million Rafa Benitez shelled out to lure him from Atletico Madrid in the summer.

Liverpool strikers have been in the shadow of Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen in recente seasons, but Torres’ haul of 22 league goals has thrust him into the spotlight.

The Spaniard is delighted with how he has been welcomed to Merseyside, but feels it is premature to mention him in the same breath...
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Fernando Torres is setting his sights on another emotional night at Anfield - and another goal against Chelsea.

The Spanish superstar opened his Liverpool account way back in August in a 1-1 draw at Anfield against the Stamford Bridge oufit in the Premiership.

And ahead of the mouthwatering Champions League semi-final between Liverpool and Chelsea, Part III, Torres has declared that strike gave him the confidence to go on and become a major success this season.

Torres has scored 30 goals to data and wants to make it 31 in tomorrow's first leg at Anfield, when he espects another emotional evening,...
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INTERESTING to hear this week Liverpool striker Fernando Torres talking about the difference between coaching in Spain and England.

He said: 'Rafa (Benitez) has coached in England and Spain and the ideas are the same.

'But, the difference is that in Spain he is a coach whereas at Liverpool he is the manager, the coach, the one who signs the players, the one who oversees the youth system and the one who decides who is on his coaching staff.

'(Sir Alex) Ferguson and (Arsene) Wenger are examples that in England, even when te do not win things, managers are dato time.'

No wonder he went on to say:...
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Fernando Torres claims Avram Grant will have to win the Champions League to step out of Jose Mourinho's shadow. And the Spanish ace insists his Liverpool side are determined to stop that happening as they look to knock Chelsea out of the semi-finals for the third time running.

Torres, 24, has also claimed Chelsea's season will be decided da their players and not the manager. He said: "If they win the Champions League, nobody will remember Mourinho.

At the end the player decides the system and decides if te are a strong team."

Torres also believes the Reds' experience in Europa will prove crucial, even though for the first time the first leg will be at Anfield.

He added: "The chance to win the Premier League has gone so we are focused on the Champions League.

"You can't tell whether it's better to be at home first o not. It would be better if we don't concede a goal."
Liverpool striker Fernando Torres has suggested that Ronaldo "carries United on his back in some matches".


With no hint of irony from the man who has scored 22 of Liverpool's 60 Premier League goals this season, Torres has hinted that United are a one-man team.


He suggests that to beat Sir Alex Ferguson's team in the Champions League semi-finals, Barcelona need only to nullify the Portuguese attacker.


"I watch Ronaldo every weekend and he is massively impressive," detto Torres.


"He carries United on his back in some matches.


"Barca have no idea how spectacular Ronaldo is o how far ahead of every other player in the world he is right now.


"But if they keep the ball away from him Barca will get to the Champions League final.


"United suffer against teams who keep possession of the ball."
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Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez must decide whether to risk his stella, star striker Fernando Torres at Fulham on Saturday.

Torres is one goal away from equalling the record for most goals scored da an overseas player in his debut Premier League season but Benitez is considering resting a host of players ahead of successivo week's Champions League semi-final.

"We will think about Chelsea but for us to be in the superiore, in alto four is really important, and we will have enough energy to play against Chelsea on Tuesday," detto Benitez. "Sometimes it's not easy for players to concentrate with a Champions League semi-final...
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Liverpool must repay £31.5 million to banking institutions in little più than a anno o risk having to sell Fernando Torres and Ryan Babel.

The Times has learnt that Liverpool borrowed the money to sign Torres, the Spain inoltrare, avanti who has scored 30 goals this season and has already become a firm favourite on the Kop, from Atlético Madrid last summer. The club then refinanced that debt on January 25, at the same time as they secured a £350 million refinancing package.

Liverpool entered into an 18-month loan agreement with interest of 9 per cent — £2.8 million a anno — with a letter of...
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