Belfast Telegraph

Liverpool star Torres hailed by happy Benitez

By Steven Beacom

So, perhaps Liverpool are title contenders after all.

It didn’t look that way at half-time yesterday when they trailed Manchester City 2-0.

But showing the character and desire of champions, they roared back to win 3-2 and keep their unbeaten record this season intact.

Dirk Kuyt scored the all important winning goal in stoppage time, but he would not have been the hero had Fernando Torres not stepped up to the plate earlier.

The Spanish superstar scored twice to haul Rafael Benitez’s side back into the game and then played a vital role in Kuyt’s late, late winner.

The first goal from Torres was Liverpool’s 1000th Premier League strike and his second took him to 29 goals in the Premier League - the most for a foreigner at Anfield eclipsing Patrik Berger who was previously on top of that list.

No wonder Benitez was delighted with his countryman.

The Liverpool boss said: "We know how important Torres is for us.

“He is always a threat to the defenders and can score goals. He also gives space to his team-mates and Torres is a fantastic boy with a good mentality. He was unlucky not to get his hat-trick."

Liverpool are second behind Chelsea who lead the table on goal difference.

Luiz Felipe Scolari’s side were in awesome mood as they comfortably beat Aston Villa 2-0 at Stamford Bridge through Joe Cole and Nicolas Anelka goals and this despite missing several regulars.

Elsewhere the pressure grows on Spurs boss Juande Ramos after his side were defeated 1-0 at home to Hull while Joe Kinnear’s Newcastle came from behind to draw 2-2 at Everton, though Kinnear missed both his side’s goals!

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