Rafa bids to keep Torres sweet

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Rafa Benitez admits he aims to keep Fernando Torres sweet by guiding Liverpool to a top four spot.

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Rafa Benitez admits he aims to keep Fernando Torres sweet by guiding Liverpool to a top four spot and securing UEFA Champions League football for next season. Torres underlined just how important he is to Liverpool's cause at the weekend as his magnificent brace helped Benitez's side to a 3-0 defeat of Sunderland. The Spain international has stressed on a number of occasions he is more concerned with significant investment in the squad to make them Premier League title challengers than he is with playing in Europe's elite club competition. However, considering the state of the finances at Anfield, where the £237million debt has yet to be reduced despite a £110million offer for a 40% share from the Rhone Group, Champions League football may be more attainable than the "four or five" signings Torres wants. Benitez, who already has an idea of his limited summer transfer budget, certainly hopes so. "All the players we have at the moment are important and Fernando is one of the key players," said Benitez. "If a striker is scoring goals he is a very important player and in trying to keep him happy the first thing we can do is win the games this year and try to be in the top four."

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