Del Bosque urges Torres to delay Liverpool return

Del Bosque is keen for the striker to stay fresh and rested for the World Cup.

He told the News of the World: “The fewer games Fernando plays for his club, the better it will be for us.

“We want him not to play too many games, to recover completely for the World Cup and have had some rest in between. We’d like him fresh for the tournament.

“That can only be good news for Spain. We hope Liverpool’s loss will be our gain.

“Fernando Torres represents a crucial part of our squad.”