Rush: Reds need new recruit up front

Liverpool legend Ian Rush believes that his former club's reliance on star striker Fernando Torres will lead to a disappointing campaign in 2009/10. Injury limited the Spanish international to just 24 league appearances last season, in which he scored 14 goals, with his absence leading the Reds to draw too many games and, ultimately, miss out on the Premier League title. Manager Rafael Benitez has, to date, made Portsmouth full-back Glen Johnson his only summer signing for £18 million. And although front-man Andriy Voronin has returned from a loan spell in Germany with Hertha Berlin, Rush - who scored 229 league goals for the Reds - believes the Merseysiders need to bring in another proven goal-getter to ensure they can maintain their challange at the top of the table. “The problem Liverpool could have is if Fernando Torres gets injured again," he told Sky Sports. "Liverpool missed him last year when he was out. Last season Liverpool had the best team. Manchester United had the best squad. “That’s the difference. To win the league you’ve got to have a good squad and United have that. “If Rafa adds maybe three players, left and right and possibly a striker, Liverpool can go one better. “If they don’t add a striker maybe they will look to someone like Ryan Babel to come through this year. “He’s been at the club long enough to bed in. Now it’s time to take responsibility and produce.” LIVERPOOL FANS! Check FourFourTwo.com’s ever-expanding interviews archive for more stuff to read: Web Exclusives Ian Rush, Craig Johnston Q&A Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres One on One Michael Owen, Nicolas Anelka, Kevin Keegan Boy's A Bit Special Danny Guthrie Ask A Silly Question John Barnes, Peter Crouch, Luis Garcia, John Aldridge Perfect XI Jamie Carragher What Happened Next? Julian Dicks And Another Thing Being a Big Four fan Plus! Rate Liverpool players (and others) on Talentspotter