Liverpool striker Fernando Torres says he could put his indifferent form at the start of this season down to playing too many games, including the Confederations Cup for Spain in June.
Torres has looked off the mark as the Reds have got their Premier League campaign underway, and today the 25-year-old hinted that fatigue could be the problem.
Torres was involved in Confederations Cup action for his country immediately after the end of last season, before returning to pre-season training shortly after.
But he believes he’s not far off finding his feet once again this season.
“It was a really long season for me with so many games for Liverpool and then playing for Spain in the Confederations Cup,” he said.
“I played a lot of minutes and I was a little bit tired. I haven’t been at my best so far this season but I feel like I’m getting better.
“I’m focused on trying to get back to 100% as soon as possible and I’m ready to play in every game.
“We have a lot of things to achieve for Liverpool this season and I want to stay fit. We have a lot of games coming up and then the World Cup at the end of the season.
“Players always want to play 90 minutes and I’m the same. But of course it’s up the manager to manage this kind of situation.”
Liverpool take on West Ham at Upton Park on Saturday afternoon. Kick-off is 5.30pm and the game is live on ESPN in the UK.