Torres: I'm staying at Liverpool - and now fans must show loyalty too
Published 11:15 09/01/11 By Tom Hopkinson
Fernando Torres has broken his silence on the Anfield turmoil to plead with fans: Don't give up on us.
As a bad season turned worse with Wednesday's defeat at Blackburn, lame duck boss Roy Hodgson paid with his job yesterdaty, ending a painful six-month reign.
Now one of the first tasks for fans' favourite Kenny Dalglish will be to help an out-of-sorts Torres recapture his form.
But while the Spaniard acknowledges the team have not matched the standards expected from Liverpool, he claims there is still time to turn things around.
And in a frank interview, Torres insisted:
* He WILL NOT leave the club in this transfer window;
* That the fans need to GET BEHIND the team now more than ever;
* And that Hodgson should have been given MORE TIME to get things right.
Torres even promised to discuss a Âcontract extension with Liverpool's owners NESV at the end of the season - despite continuing rumours that he and the rest of Anfield's Spanish contingent were still upset at former manager Rafa Benitez's departure.
The 26-year-old striker quashed suspicions that he is desperate to desert the sinking Anfield ship and wants Reds fans to remain loyal as well.
He said: "More than ever, we need to stick together. We must live in the present, from match to match.
"We need to add more points, win Âmatches and improve our standing in the table.
"That is our challenge and I demand the total help of our supporters in doing that.
"My head is in Liverpool and on helping to save our season. I am a professional and I always fulfil my deals.
"I haven't considered leaving, although in football that always depends on the club.
"Liverpool had a lot of success under Rafa Benitez and that is difficult for anyone to follow. Even if the ball hasn't always dropped our way this season, we have missed out in a lot of matches."
Hodgson knew for weeks that his Anfield Âdeparture was inevitable but Torres insists he should have been given longer to make his mark.
He said: "A new project in just a few months is never easy. At Liverpool, winning is customary ... but that is also our handicap.
"Who is culpable for our defeats? The coach and the players but it is possible to change things round.
"Our work this season has been Âdamaged by injuries and the nerves which have been created by our bad results.
"I am in good physical condition and with each game I just want to start scoring more goals again."
Torres and his new boss can take their minds off the Premier League fight today ... but come up against Manchester United in the FA Cup.
And the Spaniard clings to the hope that victory could reignite their season.
He said: "Morally, it would be enormous to eliminate United at Old Trafford, although it will not be easy."
And the striker, whatever he may say, would love to get one over on Sir Alex Ferguson, after the United boss accused him of trying to get John O'Shea sent off the last time the two sides met.
Torres insisted: "I'm not worried - I am an honest player."
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