Torres temperament holds key for Liverpool

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Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has raised concerns over a seemingly growing petulance in his star striker Fernando Torres.

The Spanish striker has been in fine form in-front of goal, scoring five goals in his last three games for the Reds after making his return from injury.

However, 'El Nino' has been picking up yellow cards almost as regularly for the Anfield outfit, and was lucky to escape with just a booking in the defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford last weekend.

Torres scuffed the penalty spot before Wayne Rooney took the spot kick against Pepe Reina, but avoided a card for the incident.

Howard Webb did brandish the yellow for a tackle later in the first half, something the 26-year-old protested about despite an obvious poor challenge.

“Fernando knows he has to focus a little bit more,” said Benitez.

Torres recently stated that Liverpool needed to add four or five new players in the summer, going public over his frustrations at the side's inability to guarantee a top four place.

The striker will need to focus if he's to guide his side into that final Champions League position, as well as onto Europa League glory in the current campaign. These feats would effectively keep Torres at the club, something that isn't certain if the Reds fails to make it into the elite european competition.

“He can score more goals by concentrating on football. All strikers, especially top-class strikers, they are marked a little bit more closely than others and that is normal. It’s not easy every game."

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