Thursday, October 18, 2007


Rafael Benitez is hopeful Fernando Torres will be able to face Everton in the Merseyside derby on Saturday.
The Spanish striker has been receiving intensive treatment on his adductor injury this week and is now back in training. "Torres trained well on Wednesday and we will have another session on Thursday and Friday afternoon, then we will make a decision," said Benitez. "We have three players who are very close to returning and we will see how they are before I decide on the team to face Everton. "It is always a risk but I will talk to the doctor and maybe it is not such a big risk here." The Liverpool manager also revealed his team are looking forward to the derby and are eager to get their form back on track in the Premier League. "Winning a game like this can change everything and we are looking forward to the derby," added Benitez. "It's important for us to win this game. Everton are in a good position in the league and have started the season well. "We know it will be a tough and very physical game. We have confidence and the players know how much this match means to our supporters."

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