Liverpool are in meltdown and Fernando Torres could go, says ex-manager Graeme Souness
Liverpool are struggling to qualify for next year’s Champions League as they languish in seventh place in the Barclays Premier League, and Souness believes the club’s American owners would have to consider selling their prize asset to balance the books.
He said: ‘The Champions League is vital for Liverpool going forward and I fear for them. If they don’t qualify for the Champions League next year then the banks will come down heavily on them because that’s a big income stream gone. ‘
With the kind of debt that they are carrying at this time, the banks will say that you need to get some money in. The obvious choice is your biggest assets. The biggest asset they have right now is their centre forward (Torres).
‘Liverpool need to forget about the Europa League and the FA Cup to concentrate all their efforts on finishing in the top four because that’s imperative for their future.
‘I fear they are in meltdown. If they don’t reach the Champions League next year, the best players won’t want to play for Liverpool.
‘They are hundreds of millions of pounds in debt and they need a new stadium to keep up with the rest and just stand still.
‘All those scenarios are frightening for Liverpool supporters.’
Torres made his first appearance in six games against Fiorentina on Wednesday night following a groin injury. Captain Steven Gerrard underlined Torres’s importance, saying:
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