Torres seeks injury tonic

12 April 2009 02:57
Fernando Torres will work with Liverpool's medical staff in the summer to ensure there will be no repeat of the injury problems that have plagued his season. The classy Spaniard underlined just how important he is to the Merseyside club with a virtuouso display against Blackburn on Saturday, which included two fine goals in a 4-0 win. Torres' record of 11 goals from 19 league games is second to none but key to Liverpool's success next term will be getting him on the pitch more often. Having come back from the European Championship with Spain last summer fatigued heading into the new season, Torres has too often picked up niggling injuries. This summer will see him figure for Spain in the Confederations Cup in South Africa, when rest and recuperation would otherwise have been encouraged by his manager Rafa Benitez. Torres admits that had he figured more often this season then Liverpool may have been in an even stronger position in the league. Key figureHe said: "Maybe if I had played more then we would have scored more. I feel that 11 in 19 league games is a good record, and it is frustrating thinking what it could have been. "But we must learn from this season and the injuries I have had, and try to stay 100 per cent fit from the beginning of the season and play all the games. "I could have had more goals had I been fit more, but I will have to make sure I am fit all next season and then see how many I can get. "Yes, I will have to play in the Confederations Cup during the summer, maybe it is not the best for the next pre-season, but it is my job and I have to play. "Then I will have to work with the staff at Liverpool to make sure I get a good pre-season and do not make the same mistakes as at the end of last summer." Torres believes Saturday's excellent performance, against an admittedly poor Blackburn, provides the ideal tonic ahead of Tuesday's UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg at Chelsea. Rally callAlthough trailing 3-1 from last week's first leg at Anfield, Torres is refusing to be downbeat as he believes Liverpool have shown this season they are capable of overturning such a deficit. Torres added: "The way we played is good for our build-up and preparation for Tuesday at Chelsea in the Champions League. "This win gives us confidence after the 3-1 defeat by them in midweek. But I believe the team can score three goals at Stamford Bridge. "We won away to Manchester United, they scored but we still won 4-1. "Chelsea could just defend, but I doubt that. They will want to score themselves and that will give us a chance ourselves."

Source: SKY_Sports