Torres rewarded with new contract

Fernando Torres has signed an improved contract at Liverpool, days after the Spanish striker scored his 50th goal for the club, less than two years since moving to Anfield.

The club have altered the terms of Torres’ contract and added the option to extend it for another year beyond its current expiration in the summer of 2013.

Reds boss Rafa Benitez said, “Fernando is one of the best strikers in the game today and, at his age, can only get better.

“Every major side would want him in their team, but he has shown how much he wants to achieve success at Liverpool by committing his future to the club.”

Torres’ new contract comes after a surge of players committing themselves to the club with Steven Gerrard, Daniel Agger and Dirk Kuyt among the new deals.

Benitez added, “We are building something special here and securing such important players on long-term deals means we can move forward with confidence.

“This sends out a very positive message to everyone connected with the club.”