Torres hits Liverpool winner

2010-10-24 18:45

Liverpool - Roy Hodgson earned a stay of execution as Liverpool defeated Blackburn 2-1 on Sunday to secure their first win in six Premier League games.

Reds boss Hodgson was under pressure after Liverpool's nightmare start to his reign, with the team languishing in the relegation zone amid talk of dressing room unrest.

But the win over Hodgson's former club Blackburn brought some much needed relief to the beleaguered former Fulham chief.

Fernando Torres claimed the winner in a second-half spell which brought three goals in the space of five frantic minutes.

Sotirios Kyrgiakos had headed Liverpool into the lead before an own goal by Jamie Carragher threatened to sum up the home side's current misfortune.

But Torres came to the rescue with only his second goal of the season to ease the tension in the red half of Merseyside.

With new co-owner John W Henry absent through sickness, the American sent David Ginsberg and Michael Gordon to see if Liverpool could end their worst start to a top-flight campaign for more than half a century.

Torres, who has looked off-form in recent weeks, was immediately involved in the game's opening opportunity in the eighth minute.

The Spanish striker's deft pass freed Maxi Rodriguez and his cross saw Joe Cole's shot kept out by Paul Robinson's outstretched leg, with Raul Meireles failing to turn home the rebound.

It didn't deter Liverpool though and Kyrgiakos was next test Robinson, forcing the Rovers goalkeeper to palm the Greek defender's out following Steven Gerrard's corner.

On the half hour mark it was the turn of Gerrard to be frustrated by his old England team-mate Robinson.

A sweeping move allowed Gerrard to canter forward but his 20-yard drive, not for the first time, was kept out by the Rovers stopper.

Meireles' 25-yard strike was destined for the corner but struck Michel Salgado on his face.

But Liverpool weren't helping themselves, with Maxi following Lucas in missing close-range chances on the stroke of half-time.

The nerves and tension enveloping Anfield were finally released as the game sparked into life after the break with three goals in five minutes.

Gerrard's corner was met by a thumping header from Kyrgiakos that beat Rovers defender Martin Olsson on the line in the 48th minute.

But the joy among the home fans was shortlived as a comical own goal handed Blackburn a leveller they barely deserved three minutes later.

Substitute Benjani Mwaruwari's pass saw El Hadji Diouf's shot trickle towards the goal, where Martin Skrtel could only clear the ball onto Carragher's body and in for the fortunate equaliser.

But within two minutes Torres had scored only his second goal of the season - and the first since August - to end a barren run in front of goal.

Cole provided the cross from the left and Torres ghosted in unmarked at the back post to volley home.

Liverpool were happy to sit back having regained their lead so soon. It meant the chances dried up for the Reds as Blackburn found a foothold on proceedings.

But the visitors never looked like playing on Liverpool's nerves as their winless streak at Anfield stretched to 17 years.


  • Up The Liverpool - 2010-10-25 10:52

    And we back in the game for you haters this was a well disguised plan to get rid of the Yanks now we will show the world the real Liverpool. Man U can take a page out of our book if they want to get rid of they Yanks no matter what we still keep teaching Man U how its done.You'll Never Walk Alone well done Torres now keep it going

  • SCOUZER - 2010-10-25 11:17


  • TRUE Red - 2010-10-25 11:20

    Forget the result, we would have been 3-0 up at 1/2 time but their 'keeper had the game of his life, unfortunately for us ! BUT you have to say WHERE have THIS LFC been all season long ?! The 1st 70 min were breathtaking ! Think we won more corner's in this 1 game than we did all season long, LOL ! IF we can play like that, for 90+ min, week in week out, thing's will quickly be looking alot better ...

  • Shankly's Kin - 2010-10-25 11:20

    Well done Woy. Guess he's been paying attention to the fans. We pressed higher up the pitch, we played balls through the middle, sprayed them out wide and got crosses in, dictated possession. In short, for 70 minutes, we looked like the Liverpool of the last couple of seasons. Roy finally realized that his out-dated tactics are not suited to the type of players he has at Liverpool. I commend him for changing the style. Definitely a "Stay of Execution" type of performance. If he keeps it up, the execution might be called off. I know it was against 17th placed opposition (we lost against recent Championship opposition called Blackpool), but it was a vast improvement over the crap we've been playing all along. Again, well done, and keep it up.

  • JustinD - 2010-10-25 11:23

    Mwaaaahahahah "still teaching MU how it's done" you must mean..."how it's NOT done. Edging past a team in the bottom 4 of the league must really make you LFC supporters real proud. Dummy!!

  • Shankly's Kin - 2010-10-25 11:35

    @ Up The Liverpool: Dude, that's the stupidest thing I've heard any body say all month. What kind of mentality do you have to think like that? On behalf of all Liverpool fans with common sense, I'd like to apologize for my misguided friend's comment. I mean, these are football players, not Oscar winning actors. If that's what they pulled off, then bravo for pulling off an amazing acting performance. I and everybody else really believed they sucked. Fact is we really did suck until the manager changed tactics. If you know football, you would have seen what was needed, and in yesterday's game, they addressed the tactical issues. As simple as that. No conspiracy theories. If it in fact was the case, then why did we lose to Everton after we got new ownership? Riddle me this.

  • Dango - 2010-10-25 12:09

    Yey! I hope this is only just the start of a super season 4 Torres...& the 'Pool. You will never walk alone

  • Up The Liverpool - 2010-10-25 12:29

    @Shankly's Kin: There is nothing misguided about this comment at home new owners watching we showed them Liverpool can play football so what was wrong all the other weeks it had nothing to do with tactics weak lucas was still in the team so it definately was not based on tactics we played to impress and we also know we needed to win.Whilst the old owners where there there was a don't care attitude from the players and honestly in that EPL league small issues affect players look at the Rooney incident for example and the LFC one new owners means different Liverpool Team reality check shankly they are great artist at what they do

  • Wes - 2010-10-25 14:52

    A victory at home against lowly Blackburn and all of a sudden eveything is ok?? Nah, Roy must still leave!! He is not good enough for the club and never will be. Btw, where are all the Lucas haters today?? He got MOTM yesterday!! Suck on that!!

  • Wes - 2010-10-25 15:14

    Lucas was last year named Liverpool FC's Young Player of the Year and received 54% of the votes!!

  • Shankly's Kin - 2010-10-25 15:47

    The new owner in fact was not at Anfield yesterday, only NESV representatives and new board members. John W Henry (the owner) was ill and thus did not attend. He was however at Goodison Park (yes, when Woy said we played the best game of the season after getting hammered in every area of the pitch). At Goodison, Mr Henry was probably wondering whether his receipt was valid for a return. On tactics: whether Lucas plays or not, that cannot be seen as tactics, but only one of many. Lucas was way better than Poulsen BTW. I don't want to go into too much detail (pressing, width, possesion, etc..). Just look at my 1st post, then you'll know what I'm talking about, elements in our play that were missing all season. Why would they put themselves and us, their fans, through that hell? These are professionals with a winning mentality. I know Jamie and Stevie hate to be on the losing end of anything. It's people like you that give us LFC fans a bad name. How can us, supposedly losing on purpose, rooting ourselves in the relegation zone, possibly show Man U (currently joint 2nd) how to do things? Just read that sentence out loud. It'll make you realize how dumb it sounds.

  • Zee - 2010-10-25 17:02

    OMFG Skriwepool won a game!!

  • OUPA MORAKA - 2010-10-26 06:24

    Liverpool 4 life

  • Up The Liverpool - 2010-10-26 10:58

    @Shankly's Kin Man U would love to lose they owners but even wearing those yellow and green scarves never worked all we had to do was loose a match or three and draw a game or two and there you go new owners so yes they can learn from us. No player likes loosing but it was definately not the same Liverpool from a season or two back that started this season and please Lucas is the weakest player ever he can never play better then anyone. So you can believe what you want to it was a ploy to get rid of the Yanks because three games back we had 11 Lucas's on the field it is slowly changing

  • pages:
  • 1