Blood Red: Remembering Fernando Torres and what next for Rafa Benitez as Liverpool's left-back search continues

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July is just a week away and Liverpool have yet to make their first signing of the summer. In contrast, it looks like Manchester City are about to get busy in the market with the big-money acquisitions of Harry Maguire and Rodri. But is our latest Blood Red panel worried? Not in the slightest. After squashing the latest speculation, Connor Dunn, Paul Gorst, Joe Rimmer and Theo Squires argue why it is City, and not the Reds, who have the more pressing business to conduct. But with little in the way of transfer activity, and the first friendlies still more than two weeks away, our podcasters are having to be creative, and most of this show focuses on two former fan favourites who have long departed Anfield and another who will soon do the same (well, the ECHO). Over the weekend Fernando Torres explained his decision to call time on his playing career, and Joe, Gorsty, Theo and Connor (El Nino's biggest fan) look back on the striker's Liverpool career, his departure, and the regard he is now held in by Reds fans. They also react to the breaking news that Rafa Benitez, the man who brought Torres to Liverpool, is leaving Newcastle United, as well as addressing the fact that our much-loved Liverpool FC correspondent James Pearce - the man who was once asked for an autograph while interviewing Champions League winner Antonio Nunez, and who last week had Reds CEO Peter Moore asking about him - will soon be leaving the ECHO.

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