Friday, 24 October 2008

Liverpool Boss Benitez Not To Risk Torres, But Gerrard, Keane & Alonso Set To Feature Against Chelsea

Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has revealed that he will not risk Spanish International Fernando Torres against Chelsea in the top of the table Premier League clash on Sunday, unless the striker is 100% fit.

Torres has been unavailable for Benitez since picking up a hamstring injury in the World Cup qualifier for Spain against Belgium earlier this month, with the EURO 2008 winner already having missed the 3-2 win over Wigan Athletic last weekend.

However, despite undergoing intensive treatment at the Reds Melwood training ground, Torres is struggling to be fit in time for the trip to Stamford Bridge, with Benitez confirming that it is unlikely that the Spaniard will be involved in the vital Premiership game.

“If he is not 100% we will not risk him,” said Benitez.

“We will check on him today but it will be difficult for Fernando to be ready.

“But even if he is unable to play we still have confidence in the other players and we believe in them.

“We have played a lot of good games without the big names and so it is normal that we have confidence in the squad.”

While Benitez is resigned to being without his star striker for the trip to the Blues, he has confirmed that Steven Gerrard, Robbie Keane and Xabi Alonso, who were all substituted with knocks and fatigue in the Champions league match against Atletico Madrid are not serious and should feature against Chelsea.

“I don't think they are serious,” added Benitez.

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