Hodgson Unsure about Torres
Monday, 26 July 2010

New Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has admitted he is unsure whether Fernando Torres will definitely remain at the club, although he said he was looking forward to working with him if he gets the chance.

Torres has been linked with a move to Premier League champions Chelsea in recent times, but the former Fulham boss is still hoping the Spaniard will stay at the Merseyside club, despite being unable to clarify the situation.

Hodgson told Sky Sports News: "I haven't spoken to him for the last two days he's been travelling back from Spain where he's been on holiday.

"His holiday has also been taken up a lot of time by discussions with Fernando and his people, so I'm afraid the only the person who can give you the type of details you require is Christian Purslow.

"It would be wrong of me to say too much. I made it clear from my point of view that I'm really looking forward to working with him and I believe he's a key, key figure at the club.

"I obviously want him to be a part of the team we're trying to build here and I can only hope he'll buy into what the club is offering him.

"I don't think there are any worries with him in terms of me personally or what we're doing.

"I think the concerns go back once again to the time before I came to the club."

Torres' team-mates couldn't manage a win in their last game before their Europa League qualifier, as they were beaten 1-0 by German side Kaiserslauten.

Commenting on the game, Hodgson added: "We lost the game to a ludicrous goal in some ways.

"I was rather expecting with so many young players on the field that the type of error that led to the goal would occur many, many times, but quite frankly it didn't occur many times."

Hodgson was also asked about the possibility of having to field an inexperienced side for the game against Rabotnicki.

"I'm still concerned as it's a big gamble to throw so many inexperienced players with so few first-team games behind them into matches where there is a Europe League place at stake," he said.

"There's a chance they [ Steven Gerrard and Joe Cole] will play but myself and the sports scientists still fear that it's way too early to throw them in.

"We'd prefer to work with them on a more traditional pre-season programme at this point in time"


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