Benitez: Torres will be better than Van Nistelrooy

These days you cannot speak or think about Liverpool without the name Fernando Torres cropping up. The 23-year old record Liverpool signing is in his first season at Anfield but he has already attested his world-class quality and now his club manager and fellow Spaniard Rafael Benitez says that Torres will smash Ruud van Nistelrooy’s goalscoring record.

Van Nistelrooy scored an astounding 23 goals in the Premiership in his debut season for Manchester United in 2001-2002 and so far Torres has scored 18. That leaves him just 5 short of the target and should he score 24 this season, then Torres will hold the highest league tally by a foreign player in his Premier League debut season.

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez says:

We knew when we signed Fernando that he had quality, pace and strength.

But I am a little surprised to see him scoring so regularly at this level straight away, it is not easy for someone in their first season in England.

But he believes he can score in every game now and the sort of records that are being mentioned are within his capabilities.

He has such confidence the prospect of scoring 24 league goals is within him.

It is indeed a surprise that Torres is scoring for fun in the Premiership this season even when Liverpool are struggling. In his five full seasons in La Liga for Atletico Madrid, Torres couldn’t break the 20-goal mark even once and scored several of his goals from the penalty spot.

People observe players moving from the Premiership to La Liga and becoming huge hits and say that the Premiership is stronger than La Liga. But when you measure Torres, you do have to say just the opposite.

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