Liverpool's Benitez dithering risks Torres future

Liverpool's owners risk losing prize asset Fernando Torres as they continue to dither over offering new terms to manager Rafa Benitez. The People says Benitez has only 18 months of his current deal to run and insists there has been no talks aimed at him staying longer. But if he does go, he is unlikely to be walking alone - for the lack of encouragement from Tom Hicks and George Gillett has put many of the squad on red alert.

Liverpool's owners risk losing prize asset Fernando Torres as they continue to dither over offering new terms to manager Rafa Benitez.

The People says Benitez has only 18 months of his current deal to run and insists there has been no talks aimed at him staying longer.

But if he does go, he is unlikely to be walking alone - for the lack of encouragement from Tom Hicks and George Gillett has put many of the squad on red alert.

The longer Liverpool's hierarchy keep Benitez in the dark about his future, the greater the risk that European Championship winning striker Torres will grow unsettled.

He was the subject of a £78m transfer deadline day bid by Manchester City, whose Arab owners say they will be back.

Spanish superstar Torres has repeatedly credited Benitez for convincing him to move to Merseyside and spurn Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Barcelona.

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