Torres acknowledges Liverpool's lack of financial clout

Liverpool striker Fernando Torres accepts a lack of financial muscle means the Reds are unlikely to be able to compete for star signings like international team-mate David Villa.

Liverpool striker Fernando Torres accepts a lack of financial muscle means the Reds are unlikely to be able to compete for star signings like international team-mate David Villa.

"I don't know about Liverpool's financial situation but I know we don't have the same money as Manchester United or Chelsea,'' he said.

"We're fighting them with less money every season. That's not a problem for us - we're a strong team and we'll win trophies with money or without it.

"The important thing is we're getting closer to the title. It's been frustrating for me because three years without a trophy for Liverpool is too long. The next one is coming, though - I'm sure of it.

"I know Rafa is working hard to bring in good players but I'm pretty sure David Villa will be too expensive for us.

"He is an outstanding striker and if Liverpool could sign anyone, I'd ask for him. He's been in sensational form this season.

"But, to be honest, we have Steven Gerrard playing behind the striker and he scores 20 goals a season, so we don't really need another forward. We just need to keep our best players.''