Former Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish is confident the capture of Joe Cole and retention of captain Steven Gerrard will show Fernando Torres just how serious Roy Hodgson is about moving the Reds forwards.
Hodgson, who took charge at Anfield following the departure of Rafael Benitez, is hoping Torres will follow Gerrard's example and publicly commit himself to the club, but concedes the Spain striker has misgivings.
"When Torres sees that [Cole signing] and talks with Roy I am sure he will give us good news," Dalglish told BBC Radio Five Live's Sportsweek programme.
"I hope Torres stays. Only Fernando knows what is going to do.
"Unfortunately for him he is injured, but he is a fantastic player and is very happy around the club and the city.
"The fact that Stevie is staying will be a great help and players like Joe Cole, Milan Jovanovic, Jonjo Shelvey and Danny Wilson means there is buying for the present and the future."
Dalglish added: "Roy is going to stamp his own authority on the club - but it is difficult at the moment because the players are coming back in dribs and drabs after the World Cup and you don't have everyone coming back together."
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