Tor­res signs new con­tract at Liver­pool… now for the ti­tle

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FER­NANDO TOR­RES signed a new con­tract with Liver­pool yes­ter­day and then told his team­mates they have a golden op­por­tu­nity to end the club’s 19-year wait to win the English ti­tle this sea­son.

Spain striker Tor­res agreed an im­proved deal that will keep him at An­field un­til 2013 with the op­tion of a fur­ther year’s ex­ten­sion and he in­sists there are no ex­cuses for not winning the ti­tle.

“Fer­nando Tor­res has put pen to pa­per on a new and im­proved con­tract at An­field,” a state­ment on Liver­pool’s web­site con­firmed.

“The 25-year old striker agreed the terms of the deal back in May and has now com­pleted the for­mal­i­ties of sign­ing the new con­tract.”

Rafa Ben­itez’s run­ners-up fin­ished just four points be­hind Manch­ester United in the Premier League last sea­son and Tor­res is con­fi­dent Liver­pool can hold their own against the top four ri­vals.

He be­lieves land­ing wins rather than draws in some of the other tricky fix­tures, like to­mor­row’s League opener at Tot­ten­ham, will be enough to over­haul United.

“We have no prob­lem beat­ing Manch­ester United or Chelsea but it is games like Sun­day’s at Tot­ten­ham where we need to show our real ti­tle in­ten­tions,” Tor­res told The Sun.

“Tot­ten­ham is not an easy place to go but th­ese are games we must be winning if this is to fi­nally be our year.

“I am not think­ing can we win the ti­tle, I am think­ing we have to win the ti­tle.”

Af­ter sev­eral sea­sons on the fringes of the ti­tle race, Tor­res be­lieves the ex­pe­ri­ence of go­ing so close last term will stand them in good stead this year.

“We came so close last sea­son but for many of the play­ers it was their first time ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the pres­sure of a Premier League ti­tle race,” Tor­res said.

“We have ex­pe­ri­ence and if we don’t bring the ti­tle back to An­field I won’t be of­fer­ing up any ex­cuses at the end of the sea­son.

“We don’t need to im­prove a lot on last sea­son to win the ti­tle. There is only a slight im­prove­ment needed to give the fans and play­ers the ti­tle they have wanted for so many years now.

“This is the best Liver­pool team there has been in years, that is what many of the ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers are say­ing.

“Now is our time. Sec­ond best is just not go­ing to cut it with me any more.” – Sapa-AFP

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