Absolute poppy cock. Torres isn't first choice if half fit. Against a fit strong Bolton, Rafa was absolutely right to drop Torres. Why shouldn't even our very best players be challenged....no player should ever think his spot is secure.
I read Ian Rush's autobiography last week, and although its mighty dull for the most part, Rush scored all those goals for us, yet for most of his Liverpool career he never felt sure of seeing his name on the team sheet. Indeed many of the players didn't, including Kenny who had a couple of spells where he was dropped for poor form.
What Rafa is saying is absolutely superb man management. He isn't there to massage ego's, he's there to challenge the players to be better than even they think they can be.