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Liverpool risk losing Torres over Benitez contract delays

Liverpool risk losing Fernando Torres by delaying new contract talks with Rafa Benitez, it has been revealed. The Sunday Mirror says Liverpool's failure to offer Benitez a new contract is offering encouragement to rival clubs that Torres can be prised from Anfield.

Manchester City have been linked to a bid, following summer speculation that Chelsea also wanted Torres.

There hasn't been any hint from Torres or his advisers that he has any interest in a move. But there is concern among Liverpool's Spanish contingent that their manager's long-term future has not yet been secured.

Liverpool's fans also fear American owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett may have to cash in on their most prized asset because of credit-crunch pressures and their failure to secure financing for the proposed new stadium at Stanley Park.

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