Liverpool boss slams international break

Reds boss Rafa Benitez claims Fernando Torres suffers more hamstring injuries on international duty than he does with Liverpool.

Reds boss Rafa Benitez claims Fernando Torres suffers more hamstring injuries on international duty than he does with Liverpool.

Torres will now miss the UEFA Champions League meeting against his former club Atletico Madrid, plus the Premier League clashes with Wigan and Chelsea.

Benitez told Sky Sports News: "If you have a lot of players playing a lot of games then they are more at risk than the others.

"You want to keep your key players. Torres was playing well, he was scoring goals, he is really important to us. To lose a player like him for three or four games is a big problem for us.

"He has had three hamstring injuries with the Spanish national team so it is something that we need to analyse.

"With us it is OK. He has had one (injury) in one year and a half. With the Spanish team, three times, so we need to check why.

"You know my ideas about the internationals, so I am really disappointed.

"For me he is playing too many games. It would be easier to keep him here. It's the same with the other players."

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