Monday, October 25, 2010

Hodgson: Torres Happy Now

Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson is delighted striker Fernando Torres has finally found his scoring boots. Torres grabbed the winner in Liverpool's 2-1 Premier League win against Blackburn to end a goal drought spanning six matches. And his manager hopes the strike will mark the start of a return to form for the Spain star. Lively Hodgson said: "The goal will do a lot for him - I thought he was good today. "His movement was good and I thought he was much more aggressive and lively up front. "He was much more like the player we know he is. "If we can keep him doing that for the next 29 games then we'll cause plenty of problems to opponents. "It was nice to see him get his reward." Hodgson saw his team play his former club, Blackburn, off the park in the first half without being able to find a way past inspired visiting keeper Paul Robinson. Strikes from Sotirios Kyrgiakos and Torres, which came either side of Jamie Carragher's own goal in a frantic six-minute period shortly after the restart, finally breached Robinson's goal. It was Liverpool's first win in eight games, although they still remain in the bottom three of the table. Fight But Hodgson said: "I thought the performance was good in particular the first 70 minutes where we really did dominate the game. "We should really have been leading by more goals and of course in the end you have to fight for it because you are playing against a very competitive team. "But I thought it was a deserved victory and certainly one which was needed." He added: "My message at half- time was 'keep playing like this is because it is the right thing to do and if we carry on we'll get our reward'. Luckily, we did."

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