For all that was said about the three successive wins preceding Sunday’s clash with Chelsea, doubts always lingered regarding the unconvincing nature of Liverpool’s performances and victories. Those were banished in the Merseysiders best display of the season, emphatically defeating the reigning champions 2-0.
Whilst lots can be said about Liverpool, with their mechanistic organisation, finally matching the ideals of Roy Hodgson, most important were Fernando Torres’ two goals. If his first was true predator’s instinct – a clean first touch instantly controlling Kuyt’s pass over his shoulder before sliding beyond Cech – his second reaffirmed the fact that he remains a world-class talent. Torres’ second, teasing Ivanovic in the inside-left position before curling into the top corner, looks symbolic of Liverpool’s return to form and took them into the top half for the first time this season.
Fernando Torres was justifiably singled out for praise following his brace which defeated Chelsea and announced his spectacular return to form. “People will say he’s back to his best and certainly today he was,” Roy Hodgson told The Guardian. “He’s a vital player for Liverpool, as he would be for any club.”
The victory, said Hodgson, was a result of the club’s upturn in fortunes since the takeover by New England Sports Ventures. “The new owners have given us hope that things can be turned around,” he said, with the following words of warning: “Our squad needs to be a lot stronger than it is, and that can only be done in transfer windows to come.”
Agger out long-term.
In the euphoria following a 2-0 defeat of Chelsea, one piece of news is sure to sadden Liverpool hearts. Danish centre-back Daniel Agger has been told to rest a troublesome calf injury and will be sidelined for the foreseeable future, reports the Daily Telegraph.
Agger has not played since Liverpool’s 2-2 draw with Sunderland on September 25 and is now being advised not to train to allow the calf problem to heal itself. The result is that he will be a long-term absentee, with no date set for his return to first-team action. “At the moment he can’t train, he has just got to rest and wait for the next time he goes to see the specialist again,” Roy Hodson confirmed.