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Chelsea are reportedly set to step up their chase of Liverpool forward Fernando Torres despite the injury setback suffered by the hitman.

The Spain international pulled up with a problem towards the end of the World Cup 2010 final, and recent scans indicated that he had torn a thigh muscle that could keep him out for about three weeks.

This is believed to have left new boss Roy Hodgson mulling over a conundrum that often plagued his predecessor Rafael Benitez during his reign on Merseyside.

The Spaniard often ushered the prolific goalscorer back onto the pitch early owing to a lack in depth of attacking options, which often meant that the forward would be playing in pain either through injury or through recovery.

Now The Daily Mail reports that the west London club are plotting to capitalise on this, by making it clear to Torres that they would use him sparingly to give him as much time as possible to make a recovery from any injury that he may face if he should move to Stamford Bridge.

Liverpool, for their part, are believed to be in line to reject any offer that may come their way for the sale of the Spaniard, but it has been speculated that they may change their outlook if Torres should ask to be allowed to leave the club.

In the meantime, The Mirror claims that Hodgson is willing to meet with the Kop idol to get a firm answer as to whether or not the player wishes to be sold.

It has been speculated that the Reds could demand as much as £50 million if Torres should wish to leave, despite his injury-riddled recent past and a relatively underwhelming World Cup campaign on a personal level.

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