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Liverpool confident new owners can keep Torres

Harry Harris
October 8, 2010
Fernando Torres has cut a dejected figure at Anfield this season © PA Photos

Liverpool chairman Martin Broughton believes new owner John Henry and right-hand man Tom Werner can convince Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard that they have a winning mentality, and they should stick around Anfield to see how far they plan to take the team.

As soon as the owners of the Boston Red Sox are installed and running the club, they plan to meet up with manager Roy Hodgson and his key players to convince them of their vision of turning around Liverpool's on-field fortunes.

There has already been speculation that Torres will head off to Manchester City or Barcelona in the summer after Hodgson's disastrous start to the new season, but Broughton has other ideas. Circling clubs are hoping to take advantage of Liverpool's current problems to capture Torres, and Gerrard remains on the radar of Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid and Rafa Benitez at Inter Milan.

Broughton told ESPNsoccernet: "The new owners want to be winners, and Fernando Torres wants to be a winner. They will be well matched. Will Fernando want to stay when he hears what they've got say? Absolutely."

The chairman's plan was to announce the takeover and then engage with all the team to explain to them about the new era at the club. But Broughton explained: "The plan was to get all the players together at the training ground to inform them of events, but then we discovered that most of them had gone off for international duty.

"Christian Purslow has spoken to Jamie Carragher and the few players who have been left. He [Purslow] has also spoken to our manager Roy Hodgson about the ideas and plans of the new owners."

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