Fernando Torres has admitted Liverpool are now Premier League also-rans, even if his manager Rafael Benitez still thinks differently.

The Anfield chief maintains his struggling outfit will finish in the top four, and looks to the new axis of Torres, Steven Gerrard and Alberto Aquilani to at least give Liverpool a better second half of the season than their first was. However, his star striker admits he is 'changing his targets' for the rest of the season..

"I am looking forward, and trying not to have any more injuries," he said. "I want to be 100% fit now for all of the season, and of course the World Cup finals."

He added: "We are out of the Champions League, we are really far away from the top of the Premier League, so we have to change our targets.

"We have to look to the Europa League, the FA Cup as the only competitions we can win this season. And making sure that we stay in the top four."

He added: "I know I am considered one of the key players and people are expecting a lot from me, plenty of goals, and my team mates expect that from me too.

"But for me it is just nice to be back fit, and for me to try to make those things possible. I just want to play and to help the team.

"After the injuries I have to prove that I am able to live up to those expectations. Hopefully we can now play together as a team, much better than we have been doing now.

"When we play them at Anfield it is always a special game, and we know we can beat them with our fans behind us."

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