Liverpool chiefs are including the senior players' group in their plans as they seek to replace former manager Rafa Benitez.

The Daily Mail says managing director Christian Purslow and club ambassador Kenny Dalglish, the two men charged with finding a successor to Benitez, hope to convince striker Fernando Torres to stay by consulting him over the selection process.

Steven Gerrard, whose own future is unclear amid interest from Real Madrid, Jamie Carragher and Pepe Reina are the other senior players whose opinions will be sought, and all four are to be kept informed of developments.