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Liverpool ace Torres tells Benitez: We need Rooney

Fernando Torres has told Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez to go out a buy a Wayne Rooney-type. Torres admits Liverpool lack a player of the Manchester United striker's characteristics: "We lack players like Rooney and Tevez who can drop back between the lines of attack and midfield and cause havoc for opposing defences and midfields.

"We lost the title because of not winning enough home games against sides who ended up mid-table. Liverpool need a player like David Silva and Andres Iniesta - players who can drop deep, find unexpected space, use a bit of quality and open up a game.

"Rooney and Tevez are the kind of footballers who pull defenders and holding midfielders into places they don't want to be. At home, United and Liverpool get sides who just want to get men behind the ball and defend.

"The key to winning those precious home points is having someone to unlock and uncomplicate that kind of match.

"Premier League defenders aren't unbeatable, they are physically very hard but undisciplined.

"It can be hard to create chances but if you pull them out of position they are more vulnerable.

"That's why sides like United and Chelsea are so competitive.

"Their back fours are so disciplined and well-ordered. But, generally, any Premier League side which complements its defensive attributes with a touch of real quality up front suddenly becomes super-competitive."

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