Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 2 August 2014

Troubled Liverpool striker Torres will catch fire, says Reina

Pepe Reina has spoken of his belief that Fernando Torres's goal against Blackburn Rovers could lead to a rediscovery of his best form.

His strike, which came in a performance that Roy Hodgson described as his best of the season, was his first for Liverpool since the 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion in August, which was also their last Premier League win before the weekend.

After taking one point from home league games against Sunderland and Blackpool the win relieved some tension from both player and team.

Reina compared Torres's recent struggles to those of their Spanish international team-mate David Villa, who has scored just two goals in seven La Liga games since his summer move to Barcelona. He went on to attribute his compatriot's recent form to insufficient service from his team-mates.

“All the strikers are about the goals,” said Reina. “They want to score them and they want to score the winners like Fernando did against Blackburn. I think he can build up now to what he was like of old. What has happened to him is more or less what has happened to Villa in Barcelona.

“They are both great players but when strikers are not scoring people are always disappointed in them. It's not fair. I don't think we have been assisting him like we should, particularly in the last few weeks. He has not been able to do anything at all.

“We know he is the type of player that can win a game just like that but we can't expect him to keep doing it on his own. We have to feed him in. That's the point.”

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard echoed Reina's desire to see a Kop revival.

“It was great to see Fernando get on the scoresheet and Joe [Cole] set him up,” said Gerrard.

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