In one of the biggest matches of the season, Rafa Benitez has made it clear that he’s having a tough time deciding whether Fernando Torres will play a role against Portsmouth.
Benitez admits he has a “big decision” to make over whether to risk Torres’ delicate hamstrings against troubled Portsmouth
Benitez said: “Everyone can see that Torres is not quite up to his full fitness yet after his last hamstring injury. He was capable of scoring two against Chelsea last weekend but also looking tired against Everton.
“He is not sharp enough. It is a risk to play him, and we took him off against Everton because he was just not able to work any more towards the end.
“We now must see whether he is ready for the next game, that is our big decision. (ESPN Soccernet)
Torres has been a risk recently, and Rafa’s substitution of the striker late in last week’s match against Everton proves that the Spaniard isn’t up to full match fitness just yet. Benitez let him run around ragged for much of this week’s match against Everton in the FA Cup replay, and to be honest, that had to scare some Liverpool supporters.
Is it worth risking Torres in this critical match with the possibility of him having to then go on international duty where he could grab another knock? Or should Rafa play it safe and let Babel or Kuyt play up front?