Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 December 2014

Dalglish hails two-goal Torres

Fernando Torres
Fernando Torres

Kenny Dalglish praised two-goal Fernando Torres for his overall performance in the 3-0 win at Wolves which gave the Scot his first win as Liverpool manager for almost 20 years.

The Spain international side-footed home the simplest of efforts in the first half from Raul Meireles' pass and then fired home a second in the 90th minute after the Portugal midfielder had made it 2-0 with a spectacular volley. Torres is now Liverpool's leading scorer with nine - all in the Barclays Premier League - after hitting three in his last three matches.

"It is the best [performance] since I've come in, the way he worked," said Dalglish of Torres. "It was not just his goals it was the work-rate he put in. He really helped us by closing the goalkeeper down."

He added: "The keeper kicks it the full length of the pitch and that is a great asset for him and we asked him to nullify that and he did.

"He showed he wanted to do something and he did it. The goal he scored last week (in the defeat at Blackpool) wouldn't have done him any harm so I'm very happy."

One of Dalglish's key aims is to find a player to support Torres in the current transfer window with the club targeting Ajax's Luis Suarez.

The Dutch club's coach Frank de Boer has urged the Reds to make a swift move for the Uruguay international.

"We won't let Luis go on 31 January at 23.55," he told Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf. "It's logical and a deal which I made with Rik van den Boog (general director of Ajax). To replace Suarez will be difficult, but we are ready. We have a Plan B, we know what we want if he leaves."

Dalglish refused to comment on speculation about Suarez or claims the club have had a £4million bid for Blackpool midfielder Charlie Adam turned down. But he is keen the strengthen the squad and has been told by owners Fenway Sports Group that they will provide funding for the targets they feel are appropriate and available at the right price.

"The owners are very supportive and we can bring players in if we find them but the most important thing is to bring in players who can improve us," said the Reds boss. "Also we have a huge responsibility to do it responsibly."

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