Carra wants Torres commitment
Jamie Carragher hopes Fernando Torres follows Steven Gerrard's lead by pledging his commitment to Liverpool.
Last Updated: 01/08/10 5:57pm
Jamie Carragher hopes that Fernando Torres will follow Steven Gerrard's lead and maintain the feel-good factor at Liverpool by pledging his commitment to the club.
Reds skipper Gerrard said earlier in the summer that he would be staying at Anfield, despite interest from Real Madrid, in order to help the club recover from the disappointment of last season.
The future of Torres is less certain as Chelsea and Manchester City circle the Spanish World Cup winner, who is unhappy that Liverpool will not be playing in the UEFA Champions League in the new campaign.
Carragher is keen for the striker to take a note from Gerrard's book to allow his club to go into the new season on a high, while the defender also thinks that another couple of signings will boost morale.
"Well, he's our best player," Carragher told Liverpool's official website after a 1-0 pre-season defeat to Borussia Monchengladbach on Sunday afternoon.
"For me he's probably the best player in the history of the club, alongside Kenny (Dalglish), so it's obviously going to give everyone a massive lift.
"Hopefully Fernando will do the same and we can bring one or two more in so that we head into the season with a real feel-good factor."
Summer signing Joe Cole made his debut in the loss to Monchengladbach and Carragher has been impressed by the impact of the former Chelsea player.
"He's not taken too long to settle in and he knows quite a lot of the lads from England," he said.
"He's a good lad too and he's staying right in the centre of Liverpool, so a lot of the fans have seen him around.
"He loves playing here and being at Liverpool. You like people to get involved with the city and he's doing that from an early stage."
Roy Hodgson's Liverpool are now preparing for Thursday's Europa League qualifying second leg against FK Rabotnicki and a domestic season-opener against Arsenal on 15th August.
Hodgson was pleased with the performance of his players in the defeat to Monchengladbach, which came as a result of an error from Daniel Ayala, but he acknowledges that there is still plenty of work to do.
He said: "Joe and Steven played their first 60 minutes today, Jamie Carragher played 45 and (Glen) Johnson 55 - we're just reintegrating players all the time. It's going to take a bit of time.
"But today was an exercise and certainly not negative in anyway other than the fact our young players must realise at this very, very high level you are judged on mistakes and if you make glaring ones, you're going to be judged very harshly."
Hodgson was keeping his cards close to his chest with regards to his team selection ahead of Rabotnicki's arrival at Anfield.
When probed on the subject, he said: "I haven't decided yet."
He added: "There's also the question of what is going to be best to get them fit for the game on 15th August. We will have to sit down and talk about it."