Fernando Torres has reiterated his desire to stay at Liverpool.
The Spanish striker has been linked with the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City in recent months, but Torres has always insisted he is happy to stay at at Anfield.
Amid reports that Liverpool are struggling to fulfill their debt repayment schedule, there has been speculation that they could sell Torres. However, but the 24-year-old says he has no intention of leaving the club.
“I have no plans to go anywhere, not back to Spain, not to Italy, not to another English club,” he told the Daily Star.
“I read a lot of things last summer but I was at the European Championships and I did not want any distractions.”
Chelsea were linked in the summer, but Torres says he paid little attention to the speculation.
“I don’t know if they (Chelsea) spoke with the club or with my agent,” he added.
“But in any case even if there was something in it nothing was ever going to make me abandon Liverpool.”
“It was the perfect opportunity for me,” he said.
“Spanish team-mates, a Spanish manager who believed in me, and a great captain who is also one of the best players in the world.
“Liverpool have every ingredient for me to develop as a player.”
He also paid tribute to coach Rafa Benitez.
“He is the best coach I have ever had without doubt,” he said.
“I think he is totally focused on football all day long.
“He concerns himself with every last detail, things that as a player you would never normally even think about like a movement half a metre to one side that would give you the chance to score a goal.
“He is a coach that you can learn from and that any player would love to have because he gets every last drop of ability out of you.”
Liverpool are enjoying an impressive start to the a season and Torres admits he can sense the fans want the title.
“When I arrived everyone talked about the league,” he said.
“We have won it 18 times and Manchester United 17, if they win it this season then they draw level and the fans don’t want that.
“I think 90 per cent of Liverpool fans would prefer the league.
“The rivalry between the two sides is so intense, it is like Barca and Madrid or even stronger.”