Not all players in the Liverpool camp are in favour of the rotation policy that manager Rafael Benitez is so obsessed with but Spanish international striker Fernando Torres is not one to complain about this idiosyncracy. The 23-year old Spanish hotshot is quoted as saying that he doesn’t single out Rafa’s much condemned squad rotation policy as the reason for the club’s miserable time this season.
Fernando Torres says:
If you look at the stats, this season is better than last season. The problem is that people asked us to win the Premier League this year. There is a progression, I don’t think it’s a bad season. We started wanting to win everything, but, as it progresses, you are forced to change your targets.
When things don’t go the way one wishes, people look for things to blame. We have a manager with a philosophy that people knew before he came and one that has succeeded. It is very opportunistic to blame rotation for everything that goes wrong. It is not a problem for us. Liverpool have won a Champions League, FA Cup and so on with rotation. It is normal to rest. We players never want to, but if the manager says so, you have to. If everybody accepts that is the way forward, the atmosphere doesn’t suffer.
Easy for Torres to say that the rotation policy isn’t a bad idea but then again, Torres hasn’t really been caught up in this rotation mess. The former Atletico Madrid star has been more or less a regular for Liverpool so far this season and is also one of the best strikers in the English Premier League at the moment.
But sorry to say this Tores, Rafa needs to look at his inconsistent team lining a bit more closely.