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Benitez blunt over Torres

17 Nov 2009 - 08:23:32

Rafael Benitez would quit Liverpool should the club's reported financial problems lead to the sale of star striker Fernando Torres.

Benitez has issued a stark warning to the club's co-owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett following suggestions that the financial situation at Anfield could necessitate the sale of some key players.

The Spain striker has netted 60 goals in just 96 appearances for the Reds since arriving from Atletico Madrid in summer 2008.

"I'm confident it will never happen," Benitez told The Times. "If it did, I'd resign."

Meanwhile, Benitez has admitted making some mistakes in the transfer market.

However, he claims these errors are down to a lack of transfer funds.

"When we have spent big, normally it's been very good business," he added.

"Torres, (Javier) Mascherano, (Pepe) Reina, (Xabi) Alonso.

"(Robbie) Keane is a good player but we had to sell him because he was not playing at the level we knew he could play.

"Ryan (Babel) was signed for the future and we are waiting for his improvement. He has to be more consistent.

"With the fringe players, we needed to take a gamble on Bosmans and one, two million-pound players.

"Some of these players have not been good enough for us.

"It is a risk you have to accept when there is not too much money about."

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