Monday, 8 November 2010
Torres returns with a brace
What a great sight it was at Anfield yesterday to see Fernando Torres almost back to his best. Liverpool have taken a bashing from critics this season and Torres has wrongly been blamed for some below par performances. The true test of great players is to perform in the big games and Torres did exactly that yesterday. The first goal was typical of him and the 2nd was simply outstanding.
It has been a difficult year for El Nino, he has been plagued by injuries and was overplayed by Rafa Benitez last year. His form in the World Cup was way off what he is capable of doing but because he is such a good player Spain persisted with him. Torres, like many of his Spanish team mates are really struggling for fitness after 3 summers without a break. It is even more relevant because someone like Torres is explosive and if the muscles are not at their optimum ruptures, sprains and tears become more likely.
It has been a very peculiar start to the season and with their 3 points yesterday Liverpool now find themselves 5 points off a Champions League spot. They looked far more convincing than they have done and Hodgson’s tactics finally seem to be paying dividends; although it is still too early to get carried away. Wherever Liverpool do end up much will be down to Torres; he is a world class player who can win games on his own and those players are few and far between in the Premiership.