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 Posted by ESPN Staff
May, 29, 2009

Torres targets trophy after agreeing new deal

Fernando Torres has vowed to add a trophy next season to the new contract he has signed with Liverpool.

The Spain international, who also married his childhood sweetheart this week, revealed his objective for the next campaign on his personal website today.

His new contract, is in effect, a replacement for the one he signed on joining the club in 2007.

His wages have risen to almost the same level as club captain Steven Gerrard, around £100,000 a week, and the deal ties him to the club until 2013.

However, the one difference to the previous contract is that there is now an option for one more year, taking Torres to 2014, when he would be 30.

Torres has taken time out from preparing for Spain's Confederation Cup quest in South Africa next month.

He said on his website: ''I want to remain here (at Anfield). Since arriving at Liverpool I feel that there is a bond and commitment. We listened to the club's offer, which came on the back of two seasons of positive work.

''My objective now is to win a trophy with Liverpool next season.''

His new deal is predominantly a wage increase, with Liverpool believed to be honouring a verbal agreement with Torres when he first signed, to reward him for future success.

Since then Torres has scored 50 goals in 84 games for the club, and helped Spain to win the European Championship.

Injuries restricted the striker to 17 goals in the recently completed season, when he helped Liverpool to their first runners-up spot in the Premier League since 2002, and to a club-high 86 points since the re-branding of the top flight.

There has been praise for Torres from Liverpool's record goalscorer, Ian Rush.

Welshman Rush, who gained a reputation in his playing days for being Liverpool's first line of defence by hounding opponents in possession, said: ''What I like about Torres is he doesn't give defenders time to rest on the ball. If you close down the play like that, five times out of 10 the ball goes out of play and you've won it back. You've done your job.

''I believe there are strikers who are happy to score whether they win, draw or lose. Thierry Henry for example. But I was brought up at Liverpool knowing the team comes first, goals second.

''My job was to make it harder for the opposition. If I could win the ball I would close the defender down, which would make it easier for the midfield, who'd do the same for the defence.

''If you do it right, hopefully the goalkeeper doesn't touch the ball. We worked as a unit and Torres does that now for Liverpool.

''The best strikers will adapt and think for themselves a bit quicker than anybody else. Torres does it at Liverpool now.''

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