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Gerrard believes Torres is key to top-four finish

Steven Gerrard feels Liverpool's hopes of finishing in the top four this season will depend on the fitness of Fernando Torres.

Liverpool have struggled in the league throughout the current campaign and exited the Champions League at the group stage and, with Rafael Benitez having admitted that the club is suffering problems with debt, ensuring they finish fourth or above could be crucial to the team's future.

Yet while the absence of Gerrard and Torres through injury has been a major disadvantage, the duo finally made it back onto the pitch together in the 2-1 defeat at home to Fiorentina on Wednesday, and Gerrard believes they can now start to re-establish themselves as a Premier League force.

"If we get back to our full-strength team, and we get people fit, we're confident we are good enough to finish in the top four," he said. "Torres' return is massive for me, massive for everyone else.

"He's our main man, he's our top scorer and we need him back fit and firing. If that happens, I'm sure we'll move back up the league and get into the top four places. Without a doubt that has to be the main aim this season.

"It's obviously important for the club financially and, having played in the Champions League for such a long time, I'm desperate to play in it again next season."

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