Fernando Torres tries to take some heat off Rafa.
Liverpool striker Fernando Torres says sacking manager Rafael Benitez will not solve the club’s current ills.
Out of the Champions League and off the pace in the race to qualify for next season’s tournament, the Reds have won just three times in 12 games.
“I think sacking the manager is not a solution,” said Torres, who thinks the players are to blame more than Benitez.
“We have to play much better. The players are the people that have to find a solution to the situation.”
Last season both Torres and Benitez signed long-term contracts, keeping them at the club until 2014.
“It’s a difficult situation but every top team in the world goes sometimes through a bad situation like Liverpool now,” said Torres. “Like every top team in the world, Liverpool will get over the situation.”
While Liverpool have struggled to find consistency this season, the club’s financial strength has also been under scrutiny as American owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks reportedly court new investment.
And Torres suggested that while Benitez needed to strengthen his squad, the Liverpool manager did not have the funds at his disposal to recruit high-calibre players.
“Obviously we need players,” said Torres, who has scored 11 goals in 13 league games this seaon. “If we can bring quality players it should be really positive for us.
“But I think the situation is really difficult because I think we don’t have money to bring in the best players.”
He added: “I have confidence in myself and my team. I know we are good enough. We were playing really well last season with the same team.” (BBC Sport)
The pressure on Rafa is building at an alarming pace and it is probably very wise for some high profile Liverpool players to come out and show their support and in recent weeks Stevie G, Carragher and now El Nino have shown shown their support for the Embattled Anfield boss.
Fernando is also right to point out that a lack of money available could prove disastrous and Messrs Hicks and Gillett will have to weigh up financial outgoings in January against the possibility of missing out on Champions League football next term and hopefully when considering this equation the Americans will realise they simply must back Benitez in this transfer window.
Our gaffer has stated that he will get us a top four finish this season so it seems fairly likely that failing to do so will cost him his job, if not sooner, therefore it makes sense for the board to back the Spaniard with a decent pot of transfer cash, especially if he can cash in on some of the current squad to finance any deals.