The Mail on Sunday says Torres and Daniel Agger have yet to sign lucrative new contracts agreed in recent weeks. Neither player is thought to want to leave Anfield, but the suspicion is that the delay owes as much to financial concerns as to being unable to find the time to put pen to paper.
By waiting until mid-July for Torres to sign, Liverpool would save £250,000 as until then they are paying their star striker his current £70,000-a-week rather than the improved rate of £110,000-a-week. Likewise, Agger's new four-year deal represents a healthy increase in wages and the longer Liverpool can keep it from starting, the better for them.
Agger revealed while on international duty with Denmark this week: "Nothing has been signed yet, but I expect to do so when the game against Sweden is over."