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15 Jun 2009 12:04:34

Torres - Title the focus

Fernando Torres insists Liverpool's players are determined to end the club's 19-year title drought next season. The Reds put up a brave fight for the Premier League crown last time around, but, despite losing just twice, they fell short of champions Manchester United. Torres has played down suggestions the dressing room are less concerned about being crowned champions, due to the heavy foreign influence in Rafa Benitez's squad. The Spain international insists everyone in the camp are fully aware what title glory would mean to the club's fans and that they will be going all out next term to end their barren spell. "They say foreign players don't care as much as the home-grown, but we are very much aware that Liverpool haven't won the Premier League for 19 years and understand the supporters are desperate for us to put that right," he told the club's official website. "The rivalry with Manchester United is intense and the roof will come off at Anfield if we beat them to next year's title. "Obviously the Champions League means a lot to Liverpool, but the English title is the one everyone wants in our dressing room." The former Atletico Madrid marksman extended his Anfield contract in May and the 25-year-old is relishing the challenge of bringing silverware to the famous club for years to come. Torres has thrown his backing behind boss Benitez, who he believes is the right man to bring glory to Anfield. "Liverpool Football Club is a phenomenon, with millions of fans who totally identify with everything the club stands for," he continued. "They are at one with the players and that's why we get the backing at Anfield. This club has it all: the history, the prestige, the fans, the organisation. "It's a big responsibility to give the fans here the success they desire, but the challenge is always exhilarating and this is why I was delighted to sign a new contract. "Now we need to win the big trophies and we can trust Rafa Benitez to keep the momentum going for us. "He is a great manager and has helped me improve so much in my time at Liverpool."


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