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Torres wants to stay – according to Kuyt

Dutch international Dirk Kuyt says Fernando Torres is committed to the club and not going to leave any time soon. The Spanish World Cup winner has consistently been linked with a move away from Liverpool for a long period of time but proposed moves to Chelsea and Internazionale Milan have not materialised. The apparent reasons those moves never concluded in a deal concerned Torres’s wretched injury record. His talent has never been in dispute but the likes of Chelsea and Internazionale Milan were unwilling to part with such large sums for a player who struggles with his fitness.

The ex Atletico Madrid player has been at Liverpool since Rafael Benitez signed him four seasons ago and his status on the world stage has improved dramatically. Where he was previously valued at approximately £20 million his current value would be closer to £40 million. He almost inspired Liverpool to the English Premiership title two seasons ago but an unfortunate stretch of injuries at an inappropriate time robbed Liverpool of momentum and Manchester United pipped them over the finishing line. Fernando Torres has, seemingly, become disillusioned at Anfield because of the lack of financial investment in the playing squad and the ongoing problems off the field. He has seen two of the best players in the squad, Javier Mascherano and Xabi Alonso, leave in the past two summers and only Glen Johnson, Raul Meireles and Alberto Aquilani have arrived. Meireles has yet to settle, Glen Johnson has displayed his worth and merit as an attacking right full back but offers relatively little defensive solidity considering his transfer price (approaching £18 million) and Aquilani has been such a poor signing that he is currently on loan to Juventus in Serie A where he is trying to regain the form that awarded him so much positive commentary at Roma.

Kuyt declaring Torres is staying is obviously a piece of news that will appease the fans but the scouse support are aware that the transfer window is currently closed anyhow and it would, therefore, be impossible for him to move at the moment. The fans would appreciate such commitment in the summer when the transfer window is open and a flurry if big clubs will try to tempt the Spanish World Cup winner away from the north of England and to their own stadium. If Liverpool are to develop into a club capable of competing in the Champions League and for the Premiership title then it is imperative they keep the better players in their squad, like Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres.