Rafa Benitez salutes Liverpool FC star Fernando Torres
21 September 2009 03:00
LIVERPOOL manager Rafa Benitez believes Fernando Torres can keep on improving but he will not be putting any pressure on the striker to top the Premier League scoring charts.
Torres took his goal tally to five for the season with his matchwinning double against West Ham, scoring in each half during a five-goal thriller at Upton Park.
The Spain international put Liverpool ahead with a superb solo goal in the 19th minute and then headed the winner 15 minutes from time.
The 25-year-old has become a massive hit on Merseyside since his £20million move from Atletico Madrid two seasons ago.
But it was never a gamble to sign the Spaniard as far as Benitez was concerned.
“It is too early to talk about him winning the Golden Boot, he has to keep playing at this level and we will see,” said Benitez.
“When we signed him, we had some names but we needed a player with the qualities to play in England, someone with the right mentality, someone young and keen to learn.
“Torres was the perfect answer. He wanted to come here, he wanted to improve and play in a top side.
“I think his commitment is fantastic. We talk with him and analyse what he is doing well or badly and try to change certain things.
“He was good in the air in Spain but the difference between here and Spain is that in England all the centre-backs are very tall. Torres can be good in the air, it depends on the delivery of the cross.
“He is always trying to get into good positions. All the strikers want to score goals and he is one of those players. He wants to be an important player for us and to improve.”