By Matt Fortune

An in-form Fernando Torres can be "extremely dangerous", according to Arsène Wenger.

The Spanish star, dubbed 'El Nino', arrived on Merseyside with the burden of a £20 million-plus price-tag. Far from letting it weigh him down, Torres has embraced it, registering an impressive 21 League goals so far this term.

He has formed an almost telepathic relationship with midfielder Steven Gerrard,  something Wenger believes has come from regular appearances at Liverpool.

"Since he is back on a regular basis, he is extremely dangerous," said Wenger, speaking before the weekend. "I believe he had quite a good start after a spell when he was in and out.

"He looked to have difficulties to live with that even though he was always very fair in his statements."

In the wake of Thierry Henry's departure to Barcelona, rumours circled that Torres could be the man to replace him in north London. Wenger, though, claims it was never on the agenda.

"I rate him and we have known him for a long time," said the Frenchman. "[But] I never tried to sign him. We were interested when he first started at Atletico Madrid but we never made any offer."

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