Belfast Telegraph

Monday 29 December 2014

Torres back for Liverpool

Fernando Torres will aim to salvage some pride in Liverpool’s miserable season to date
Fernando Torres will aim to salvage some pride in Liverpool’s miserable season to date

Fernando Torres will give Rafa Benitez a lifeline tomorrow as he returns to the Liverpool line-up for their clash with Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park.

Benitez has been under pressure after the Reds crashed out of the Champions League in the group stages and failed miserably in their bid to put up a stern title challenge.

Injuries to Torres and talismanic skipper Steven Gerrard haven’t helped Benitez’s plight, but with Gerrard returning to the fold recently and now the Spanish striker’s readiness to step back into the fray, the boss is hoping to see Liverpool’s season take a massive step forward.

Torres has not figured for the Reds' first team since the Champions League clash with Lyon on November 4 after picking up the problem on international duty.

“The position over Torres is very positive and he was feeling good. We will see how he is in the next training sessions but it seems as though things are going well,” said Benitez.

“It will be very close to a fully-fit squad. We have two or three players with knocks, but hopefully they are small things.

“It is always very positive, but there is a big difference in players being available and being ready.

“When they are coming back from injuries, you have to be careful, but at least we will have options we didn't have before.”

This will be the first time in 10 games that the dynamic duo of Gerrard and Torres will have played together and it is widely believed that a Premier League title could have been Liverpool’s last year had the two been partnered more regularly. And this season has been the same story.

Gerrard said: “Our main target is to get back into the top four. We're coming off the back of a fantastic win at Everton and we want to continue that against Blackburn and try to can get closer to the teams above us.”

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