Rafa Benitez: Fernando Torres can get even better - Liverpool FC latest
26 September 2009 04:37
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez believes Fernando Torres has yet to reach his peak despite witnessing a brilliant hat-trick in the 6-1 demolition of Hull at Anfield.
The Spain striker hit three goals in the opening 47 minutes - after Geovanni had briefly equalised - and terrorised the Tigers defence all afternoon.
Steven Gerrard added the fourth on the hour before Ryan Babel hit two late on but the day belonged to Torres, who has now scored eight in seven matches and an incredible 33 in 34 matches at Anfield.
'In the last three games he was really good, he is improving his mentality, work-rate and movement and he is now showing his ability but I think he can do it better,' said the Liverpool boss.
'The main thing is the mentality of the player. He is keen to learn and he will improve but how much depends on him.'
Benitez said he was always confident the 25-year-old would become one of the world's greatest strikers after bringing him to Anfield from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2007.
'If you think about the money we were spending on players we then decided to spend £20million on Torres - that was a massive figure for us,' admitted the Spaniard.
'We decided to bring him here because of his quality but also his potential and the future he had.
'We had a lot of confidence he would get better and we are pleased now but he can improve.'