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Rafa tells Torres he’s staying put – is he the man to carry Liverpool forward?

Is next season make or break as far as Rafael Benitez is concerned? Surely if the Reds land fourth place in the Premier League again, while failing to make significant headway in the Champions League, there will be pressure on the Spaniard to step down, having taken the club as far as he could?

The Daily Telegraph report that the Liverpool manager remains focused on the job in hand and has no doubts about his Anfield future. However, he surely won’t want to go through a similar scenario to last season when there were boardroom squabbles aplenty.

“Now is not the time to be saying goodbye,” he said. “Fernando Torres’ agent has asked about my Liverpool future and my answer is that I am 100 per cent committed. If we had a lot of money to spend it would be better, but if we don’t it doesn’t matter. It is not about buying the most expensive players, it is about buying the right ones.”

It appears that Benitez had lodged an improved bid for Gareth Barry, as he looks to tinker with his squad during the summer. Andrea Dossena has already been bagged, with surely two or three quality players also on the way. Does Rafa have what it takes to bring Liverpool fans a Premier League title at long last?

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