If this is true, Liverpool will not be finishing in the top 4 this season

It has emerged today that Liverpool striker Fernando Torres may need surgery on a hernia problem and Rafa Benitez has admitted that he can only hope that he doesn’t.

The Spanish striker has been one of Liverpool’s only positives in what has been a disappointing season to date. The former Atletico Madrid man is currently the Premier League’s top scorer this season with an impressive ten goals to his name already.

Speaking in the build-up to his side’s must win Champions League tie away to Lyon, Benitez had this to say about Torres’ fitness : “Hopefully if we can continue doing well with him, he will not need an operation – that is our idea.

“Now it is a question of how he feels and what will happen if he plays.”

Judging by Benitez’ comments, I wouldn’t be too sure that Torres doesn’t in fact need to go under the knife. I know a lot of Liverpool fans won’t like me saying this, but without Torres for a couple of months, I strongly believe that  your side will struggle to finish in the top 4 this season.

If you look at it this way. Liverpool have won only six of their 11 Premier League games this season and that has been with Torres in the side, banging in the goals. Let’s say he is out until the new year, misses nearly a dozen league matches, where would Liverpool be in the table when he returns.

If I was guessing I would say around sixth or seventh considering the fact that Tottenham, Manchester City and Aston Villa all look capable of challenging for a top four spot this season.

I really hope Torres doesn’t need surgery because I love watching him play every weekend, however I fear for Liverpool if he does.