Fernando Torres has given his clearest indication yet that he will still be at Anfield next season.

The 26-year-old spoke on his official web site claiming; "My place is here at Liverpool, and in England." Fantastic news for Reds fans following the recent assurances from Javier Mascherano and Pepe Reina. It appears Liverpool will be hanging onto their star players this summer despite the antics of the owners and the troubles on the pitch.

Torres added: "I still think that we will finish fourth, but qualifying for the Champions League isn’t the most important thing on my mind. The most important thing is for the club is to try and sign quality players, footballers who improve the quality of current squad."

A message to the owners perhaps?

Realistically though, money for transfers is likely to be limited with the current situation at the club so Benitez may well be forced to sell again before he can buy.

That leads this piece nicely onto the recent antics of a certain Mr. Reira. The winger has divided opinion on Merseyside but for me the Spaniard has always offered something different to Liverpool's setup. He offers genuine width and on his day can be a menace to any opposing defence.

In that sense it was a shame he voiced his recent displeasure at lack of first team action. However, the 27-year-old has sealed his own fate with the verbal attack on club and manager. Rafa Benitez - not one for giving second chances - will certainly be looking to ship out Riera as soon as possible. His destination looks set to be Russia with either Spartak or CSKA (his move has been delayed by wage demands apparently), one can't help but feel he will ultimately regret letting his moment at one of Europe's top teams go so easily.