Liverpool are beginning to fear Manchester City will turn to Fernando Torres as Carlos Tevez’ replacement if the Argentine gets his way and leaves, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Tevez shocked City by handing in a transfer request at the start of this week and the club, despite insisting they will not grant their skipper his request, are now on the look out for a bog name striker.
The decent money seems to be on Wolfsburg striker Edin Dzeko, who Roberto Mancini has been chasing since the summer, but Torres is also someone who has interested the Eastlands club recently.
After Liverpool had a poor season last term, there were rumours abound that their top players, Torres, Steven Gerrard and Pepe Reina, wanted out of Anfield.
Torres was heavily linked with a £70 million switch to either Manchester City or Chelsea but Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson managed to convince the World Cup winner to stay on Merseyside.
Now, though, Manchester City look like genuine contenders for Champions League football, if not the Barclays Premier League title.
On the other hand, Liverpool still look like a club in turmoil as they struggle to climb up the table and into contention for a place in next year’s Europa League.
And Torres could consider his future at some point in the next year, whether that is next month or in the summer when he knows exactly what the Citizens can offer him.
Many commentators are in agreement that Torres will leave Anfield at some point in the near future, with Alan Green of Talksport saying: "Unless he says something completely and convincingly different, it’s become obvious that he wants out of Anfield."
With Tevez wanting to leave Eastlands, Dzeko is still the favourite to take over as City’s main frontman as his release clause stands at just £32 million whereas Torres would potentially cost double that amount.
However, Emmanuel Adebayor could come into the equation, with the Togolese striker being linked with a move to Liverpool recently.
Although Adebayor will want to be the one to replace Tevez, it is more than likely that Mancini will throw the former Arsenal goalscorer into any potential deal for Torres.