Thursday, 16 October 2008

Alonso: Liverpool Will Suffer Without Torres

Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso has revealed that club and country team-mate Fernando Torres is “devastated” that he is to miss the Reds Champions League clash with former club Atletico Madrid after suffering a muscle injury in Spain’s World Cup qualifier against Belgium on Wednesday.

With reports that the tie could still be played at the Vicente Calderon next Wednesday, Torres will definitely not feature against Atletico next week. Though it is not known what the full extent of the striker’s injury is until after scans.

Alonso has also revealed that he thinks Liverpool will suffer without Torres, who is an integral part of Rafa Benitez’s side, with Torres in the sort of form that saw him score 24 goals in the Premier League last season for the Merseyside club.

“It’s double bad news for us, as it’s terrible for Spain and Liverpool,” Alonso said after the 2-1 win over Belgium.

“We are going to suffer from his unavailability.

“We will see the extent of the injury after scans, but until Christmas we have a tough schedule with key matches against Atletico Madrid and Chelsea and we could miss him a lot.

“I saw him devastated because he was in pain and it’s not the first time this has happened to him while playing with Spain.

“It’s a blow while he was in a good goalscoring form.”

Liverpool defender Alvaro Arbeloa echoed Alonso’s sentiments that the loss of Torres is a massive blow for the Anfield side.

Arbeloa added: “We saw him upset because it’s another muscular injury at an important moment. He was dying to play against Atletico Madrid.

“We are hopeful this isn’t too serious at the end of the day and that he will be back soon because his absence is a blow for Liverpool.”

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