Liverpool are set to issue a 'hands-off' warning to Barcelona as the Spanish giants reportedly prepare a bid for Fernando Torres.
The La Liga champions have signed David Villa from Valencia already this summer, and reports in Spain suggest Barca are ready to make their move for Liverpool's leading marksman.
'El Nino' is currently on World Cup duty for his country, fighting for fitness and form as Spain look to secure qualification from World Cup Group H in South Africa.
Barcelona's new president, Sandro Rosell, is thought to have made Torres and Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas his top summer targets at the Nou Camp, but Liverpool managing director Christian Purslow is desperate to keep his star player at Anfield.
Reports in the British media have linked another Reds star with a move to Europe, with skipper Steven Gerrard linked to Real Madrid. Jose Mourinho is a known admirer of the England skipper.
Losing one of their star two players would be a nightmare for the Merseyside outfit, and losing both would be simply catastrophic for the famous club.
The Reds, who are currently looking for a new manager after the departure of Rafael Benitez, will need to make a big improvement on last season's efforts if they are to keep 26-year-old Torres at the club.
The former Atletico Madrid striker previously expressed a desire to stay, although the lure of Champions League football could be a factor in a decision should the club accept an offer.
For now, it appears Purslow is standing firm despite reports suggesting the Catalan club are willing to offer £40 million.
A string of players have lined up to urge Torres to return to his homeland, with Gerard Pique the latest to tell his club to make a move for the Kop Idol.
Liverpool are likely to wait until the appointment of a new manager before making any decision on their prized asset though, and Reds fans will pray the club can fight off any offer despite the financial constraints on the club.
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