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Rushie: Liverpool better for Torres sale

Liverpool legend Ian Rush reckons the team is stronger now without Chelsea striker Fernando Torres.

Rush was a big fan of Torres, but is delighted with how the Spaniard's transfer fee was spent.

"Fernando Torres is a fantastic player," Rush told liverpoolfc.tv, "but if someone hands in a transfer request and says he doesn't want to play for Liverpool Football Club then you let them go. The way Kenny Dalglish handled the situation was absolutely fantastic - he got two brilliant players in to replace Torres and we'll be a better team for it. As good as Torres was, he was only one player. I wish Fernando success in what he does in the future but the thing that I can't get out of my head is the way he disappointed the fans.

"I think the supporters felt let down by him. They absolutely loved Fernando Torres and gave him everything they could in terms of their support. He was idolised by the Kop and I think they thought he would repay their support by staying with the Club for a long, long time but he had other ideas and now we've moved on and I think we've got the better deal

"In Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll, Liverpool have got two amazing signings who can write themselves into Liverpool folklore in the future. They're both young, they're both hungry, they're ambitious and they're very, very talented. Suarez scored on his debut, hit the bar and hit the post in his first start against Wigan and he's eager. He's running around and closing defenders down which is what I like about him. That's what you want to see from a Liverpool striker.

"You have to remember that even though he's young, he was the captain of Ajax which makes him a leader as well. You want leaders in the dressing room and out there on the pitch. If you've got 5 or 6 captains on the pitch, you're a better team for it and I also have very high hopes for Andy Carroll as well.

"I know Carroll cost the most money and his fee caused a few eyebrows to be raised but he may benefit from all the attention now being on Luis. A fit Andy Carroll could have a massive impact on this Liverpool side. Fabio Aurelio and Martin Kelly can both cross a ball very well and Andy Carroll will thrive off that kind of service. Fernando Torres was fantastic for Liverpool, one look at his goalscoring ratio at Anfield proves that point, but I think we may find that with Suarez and Carroll, we're a more complete team with more options to call on to break teams down."

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