26 August 2007

Torres is not the new Kenny.. yet!

Rafael Benitez has appealed to Kopites to stop hailing Fernando Torres as the new King Kenny just yet.
Liverpool fans have likened Torres to the legendary Dalglish since his stunning first goal for the Reds against Chelsea.
The Spaniard's strike reminded Reds supporters with longer memories of Dalglish in his pomp and, ironically, it came almost 30 years to the day since the club's most famous No.7 bagged his first Liverpool goal.
Benitez would be thrilled if his £26.5million record signing could emulate Dalglish, but claims fans must not expect too much too soon.
"If Fernando can play at the same level as Kenny Dalglish it would be amazing," said the Liverpool manager.
"Kenny Dalglish was a fantastic player, but Fernando will need time. It's important for a striker to score his first goal and to score such a great goal in front of your own supporters in a big game was even more important.
"He showed the other day that he is good enough, but don't expect him to score a goal every week. Yes, he's capable of doing good things and he's a good prospect, but he needs to keep working and improving. He needs time and our support to do these things."
Benitez claims Torres' strike against Chelsea will buy him time and he remembers how Peter Crouch struggled before he scored his first goal for Liverpool.
Benitez always felt Torres had the right character for Liverpool and feels the 23-year-old has the ability to conjure a goal up out of nothing. "I remember when we signed Crouch and people were saying all the time 'when will he score?'" said Benitez. "He was under pressure all the time and you can't play your own game because you are thinking about scoring.
"I think now Torres can enjoy himself and he won't be under real, real pressure.
"He will have more confidence. People will know he's a good player and give him time.
"When we decided to bring him here we analysed a lot of things and one of those was his mentality. We found that he has a very good mentality and can cope with pressure. He can play with big names and not be afraid.
"It's a big difference for us to have a player like Fernando, a player who can score big goals in big games. He has experience at international level too.
"For the team it's important to have a player who can score and change the game, even when you're not playing well."

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