Rafa on the verge of exit and now two Anfield stars targeted by Real Madrid, things are not going well at Liverpool!
Real Madrid have made Steven Gerrard their No.1 transfer target – and believe they can land the Kop superstar for £30million.
Spanish giants Real have been plunged into shock by their Champions League last-16 defeat by Lyon and see Gerrard as the man to make them tick.
Their pursuit of the England star will rock Liverpool fans, who now face the nightmare scenario of losing their talisman AND star striker Fernando Torres.
For Spaniard Torres last night refused to commit his future to the Anfield club before demanding that boss Rafa Benitez sign FIVE new players in the summer.
A year ago Real would have had little chance of prising Gerrard away from Merseyside but Liverpool’s season is in tatters and they are unlikely to qualify for the Champions League next term.
He signed a four-year £140,000-a-week contract only last summer but will now be tempted to join ex-Kop team-mate Xabi Alonso at the Bernabeu, where he has long been admired by fans and officials alike.
Real president Florentino Perez – instigator of the club’s Galactico policy – splashed out £200m last summer on Alonso, Kaka and Cristiano Ronaldo and after the Champions League exit has signalled he is ready to spend big again…with Gerrard top priority.
News of Real’s interest will also put question marks over the Anfield future of Torres, who has warned Liverpool they need to spend big or face another season of disappointment.
He said: “If we don’t sign new players, what’s the point of finishing fourth only to fight for fourth again? “I want to fight to win the Champions League and the Premier League. We need four or five players of the highest level if we are to compete. They have to be better than what we’ve got.”
Those words are the clearest indication yet that Torres is becoming disillusioned with life on Merseyside .
He said: “I am very happy here and people have treated me like I’m one of them but I’m going to think about my future. I hope it’s here – these fans deserve success.
“I owe this club a lot and I’m proud to form part of its history. In a few years I don’t know how many clubs I’ll have played for but I’m sure one of the ones I’ll be most proud of is Liverpool.” (The People)
Clearly it would be unwise to believe every single report circulating about a potential nightmare scenario of Liverpool losing Anfield heroes Steven Gerrard AND Fernando Torres, but is there any chance either could really leave the club this summer?
The quote from El Nino is a tad worrying though surely.
“In a few years I don’t know how many clubs I’ll have played for”
Clearly the intimation is that the former Atletico Madrid man could well consider leaving the Merseyside outfit. Rafa Benitez is surely set to leave the club in the summer, especially if he doesn’t secure the guaranteed top four spot he promised and surely Liverpool fans are getting increasingly annoyed at the manner his side seem to perform.
The latest two run outs, at Wigan and Lille, showed a team with very little grit or ability and perhaps more worryingly there seemed to be a distinct lack of spirit shown by those Rafa had picked. Could it all be getting too much for the likes of Gerrard and Torres who may feel the burden of expectation getting too much for them.
So could Real Madrid be a real possibility for either star player? Well Fernando Torres played for their city rivals but many players have ran out for both sides and the rivalry between Atletico and Real is not in the same league as the one between Barcelona and the Bernabeu side.
Personally I don’t see either player leaving in the summer but can you imagine if the Anfield side failed to quality for the Champions League next term and then they start next term in a similar manner to this one, can any Liverpool fan put his hand on his heart and say he honestly wouldn’t be worried about either of their prized assets thinking twice about staying put?