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Liverpool powerless to resist Torres bid
The pressure on Roy Hodgson intensified on Wednesday night as the Liverpool manager admitted the club may be powerless to resist a bid from Manchester United for striker Fernando Torres and managing director Christian Purslow, his most powerful ally in the Anfield boardroom, departed. United are expected to pursue a marquee signing should Wayne Rooney be granted his desired move in January and Torres, along with Real Madrid duo Karim Benzema and Kaka, is thought to top Sir Alex Ferguson’s wishlist to replace the England international. Though Liverpool have not sold a player to their fiercest rivals since Ted Savage in 1938, and despite the outrage such a transfer would provoke at Anfield, Hodgson insists it would be naive to assume such a move is impossible. “I think we will have to cross that bridge when we come to it. When a great player like Rooney is looking to leave his club, United will be in a position to target a lot of players around the world. I do not think Torres will be the only striker they target and I do not think we will be the only club worried. I am not naive enough to believe there will not be any danger and I am not too naive to believe we will never lose a player like Torres. I do not believe we will lose him, we will do our best to ensure he stays and I only hope I can do everything in my power to keep him happy at the club.”
Also in today’s newspapers…
There is widespread reaction to last night's statement from Wayne Rooney and Sir Alex Ferguson’s strong response following United’s 1-0 win over Bursaspor. There is also more transfer speculation linking the Reds with Gareth Bale - hat-trick scorer at the San Siro as Spurs lost 4-3 to Inter - and Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell (Telegraph).