Anfield star striker is desperate for new owners.
Fernando Torres has revealed his desperation at Liverpool’s lack of cash compared with Manchester United and Chelsea, and called on the Reds to find rich new owners that will give the club the financial firepower needed to achieve Premier League glory.
Liverpool’s unpopular American co-owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks have had the club up for sale all summer, but a buyer has yet to be found.
Hong Kong businessman Kenny Huang has been the most high-profile interested party but pulled out of a takeover bid last month.
And Torres insisted it is essential that a buyer can be found quickly to make up for the loss of Champions League revenue this season.
‘It is fundamental new owners arrive that can make us a competitive side,’ he told a Spanish radio station. ‘We’re not that far behind. We had an appalling season last time around, but the year before we were just four points from Manchester United.
‘Hopefully we can find a consortium that buys the club and can make Liverpool able to fight financially with Chelsea and United. Then let’s see what we’re capable of doing this season. Liverpool kept Steven Gerrard which is fundamental. It’s still a great team.
‘It’s a delicate situation because we are not in the Champions League, but it is still the biggest club in England and to play at Anfield every week is a privilege. That’s how I see it. I like to have targets, and to be able to help bring Liverpool back where they deserve is a beautiful target.
‘It is always complicated when you start with a new manager and new players, but we’ll see what we are capable of.
‘This year our target has to be the top four. Like every team-mate, we all want to improve and win titles and for that it is fundamental we get new owners.’ (Daily Mail)
The top four is a realistic target for this season as Hodgson has made some good signings, but Torres may be right in terms of challenging for the title. The club failed to bring in a striker during the transfer window, and hopefully this does not come back to haunt them.
Liverpool are more than capable of attracting big names to the club, but they need to be competing financially. They will surely be looking to get the takeover sorted by January in order for Hodgson to start planning for not only the remainder of this season, but for the next few seasons as well.