Fernando Torres 'key to Raheem Sterling signing for Liverpool'

Torres 'key to Sterling signing'
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Fernando Torres played a key part in Liverpool signing youngster Raheem Sterling, according to former manager Rafael Benitez.

Former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has revealed that ex-Reds striker Fernando Torres played an important role in the club signing Raheem Sterling as a schoolboy.

The 19-year-old joined the Merseyside club from Queens Park Rangers in 2010, and Benitez revealed that a chance meeting between Torres and Sterling in the Melwood physio room proved significant.

He told The People: "Fernando was there and I think Steven Gerrard, too. But definitely Fernando. I explained what Raheem and his mum were doing and I told Fernando what we thought of the young player we had brought in.

"He had a quick chat with him, asking how he was getting on. He was interested in him.

"Raheem was really pleased – and you could see his mum was, too – really impressed that the club's biggest players had made a fuss of him."

Sterling came on as a substitute in Liverpool's 1-0 defeat at home to Aston Villa on Saturday.

Liverpool's English midfielder Raheem Sterling celebrates scoring the opening goal during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Southampton at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, northwest England, on August 17, 2014
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