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Torres: Benitez right man for Liverpool

Fernando Torres insists Rafa Benitez is the man to bring the Premiership title back to Liverpool.

The 17-goal striker explained: "Rafa has done so much for me as a player and also brought me DVDs, videos and books to teach me the history of this great club.

"He taught me about the successes of Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley - I really didn't know how fantastic the achievements of Liverpool had been.

"And it was Rafa who told me to lay my hand on the Liverpool badge as you go down the tunnel and on to the pitch.

"He taught me that Bill Shankly put the 'This is Anfield' sign there and why. Rafa lives and breathes Liverpool."

Torres added: "It's impossible for me to imagine this club without Rafa Benitez in charge. It's just unthinkable what would happen if he should decide to leave. They have to let the boss just get on with it.

"It has been a difficult season for the club because, frankly, people expected us to win the title. It takes time for a squad to gel. Winning the Premier League is not easy. it's a process of growing into it.

"I've been surprised by just how good a coach Rafa is. What he manages to do in every training session is draw the very best out of each player. He's right on top of every single detail and picks up on little things even you had no idea you might benefit from paying attention to.

"Then, suddenly, he's shown you three or four things which you had no idea needed work. Rafa massively improves every player he works with.

"I've experienced many different coaches and managed to learn a bit from each one.

"But every day at training you see the benefit of the fact Rafa has been in charge of so many different teams, has won trophies everywhere he's been and dealt with dressing rooms, which are known to be problematic."

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