Friday, October 1, 2010

Hodgson Defends Lame Torres

The Spain striker cut a forlorn figure on his own up front as he fed on the scraps given to him by Hodgson 's reserved 4-5-1 formation. Liverpool were lucky to escape with a draw as their Dutch ­ opponents had the better opportunities to win the match which ended nil nil. Yet despite the disappointing display, the point keeps the Merseysiders top of Group K after Napoli were held to a 3-3 draw at Steaua Bucharest. The concerns, though, will be about Torres, who has now gone four matches without a goal. But Hodgson said: 'I thought it was a good point, we knew it would be a tough point. 'Fernando is still seeking that elusive goal and I don't agree he was isolated. There were a couple of good opportunities but unfortunately it didn 't happen for him. He is getting closer, and it will come right for him. It was another good 90 minutes under his belt and he will be better for it. ' Torres appeared to point to his knee as he went to the Liverpool physio at the end of the game and disappeared down the tunnel with him but Hodgson says he is not a doubt for Sunday's Premier League game with Blackpool. 'I didn't spend the whole 90 minutes watching one player or obsessing about him and whether he picked up a knock or not, I have to concentrate on all my players and I was satisfied with the team performance, ' he said.

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