Rafa wouldn’t swap Torres for Rooney

Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez says he wouldn’t swap striker Fernando Torres for Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney, ever.

Ahead on Sunday’s showdown between the two teams, all eyes are on the two strikers who have both hit form of late. Rooney has now scored 32 goals for the arch rivals this season.

But Benitez praised the commitment and passion Torres has for Liverpool Football Club, telling press, “Would I swap? No. Fernando is a fantastic player, so is Rooney. There is no doubt Rooney is very, very good.

“But Fernando is our player. The fans here love him and we want to keep him for a very long time.

“He is very important to us and if he had been fit all season the gap between us and the top would have been a lot smaller, that is clear.

“If Fernando was fit, he would have scored in a lot of games for us. But we have to concentrate on what happens from now on.”

Manchester United vs Liverpool gets underway at 1.30pm on Sunday afternoon at Old Trafford. It’s live on Sky Sports in the UK.