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Hodgson downbeat over Torres

25 Jul 2010 - 11:42:39

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has given a downbeat assessment on his chances of keeping Fernando Torres at Anfield.

New boss Hodgson is hoping the Spain striker follows the example set by captain Steven Gerrard, who recently pledged his future to the club despite being linked with a summer transfer.

Torres is reported to be wanted by both Chelsea and Barcelona following the disappointment which has followed last season's seventh place in the Premier League.

Hodgson met with Torres last week but has revealed that the striker has issues with the club which pre-date his arrival earlier in the summer.

"Unfortunately, I cannot do much more," Hodgson said in the News of the World.

"His beef is with the club and not me.

"Fernando's situation has nothing to do with me, he made that perfectly clear over the phone during the World Cup and when I met him face-to-face.

"He knows what I would like to do with the club. He knows how much I value him.

"But his issues are with what has gone on in the past rather than the future.

"If he has problems with the club for things in the past, it is difficult for me to dismiss that."

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