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Roy Hodgson says Fernando Torres may be Man Utd target

Fernando Torres
Torres has scored only once this season and has struggled for fitness

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson fears that striker Fernando Torres may be targeted by Manchester United if Wayne Rooney leaves Old Trafford.

Rooney has said he wants to leave United, while Torres has looked out of sorts for the Reds this season.

"I don't think Torres would be the only player they'll be targeting or we'd be the only club worried their star is going to be a target," said Hodgson.

"I'm not naive enough to think there is no danger we'll ever lose Torres."

He added: "I can only hope we won't. I'll do everything in my power to keep him happy at the club."

Torres has only scored once from his 10 Liverpool appearances this season and was a peripheral figure again as the Reds lost 2-0 at Everton on Sunday.

Hodgson has left the Spaniard and captain Steven Gerrard out of Thursday's Europa League trip to Napoli to keep them fresh for Sunday's vital Premier League match against Blackburn at Anfield.

Rooney has insisted he wants to leave United, citing concerns about the club's squad strength.


"I'm pretty sure when a great player like Wayne Rooney is looking to leave his club, Manchester United will be in a position to target an awful lot of players around the world," added Hodgson.

"They will have the opportunity to replace him with many star strikers around the world."

Torres had a knee injury at the end of last season and came into the current campaign on the back of a groin problem he suffered after coming on as a substitute in Spain's win over the Netherlands in the World Cup final in July.

However, he has been a regular in the Liverpool side this term and played against Everton, having gone off with an adductor muscle injury in the previous outing against Blackpool. Watch Merseyside derby highlights on MOTD2

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see also
Rooney intent on leaving Man Utd
20 Oct 10 |  Man Utd
Napoli 0-0 Liverpool
21 Oct 10 |  Europe
Torres lacks confidence - Hodgson
17 Oct 10 |  Liverpool

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