Torres's strike gave Rafa Benitez's side an invaluable 1-0 win over Aston Villa and took them back to within four points of fourth-placed Tottenham, their next League opponents.
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Steven Gerrard believes Torres will be the key to Liverpool's final position. He said: 'With guys like Fernando in your team there's always a chance to snatch a game.
'Everyone knows that when he's on the form, he's the best in the world. We want him to score many more like that and drive us into the top four. We're hoping this win will give us a big boost.'
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Torres preferred to focus on the significance of a result that gave Liverpool a perfect Christmas record rather than his personal scoring feats.
He said: 'We needed to win to be close to the top four. It was a massive game for us. Last season we kept working until the end of games and got points in extra-time, like today.'
Villa boss Martin O'Neill could barely raise his voice above a whisper as he tried to comprehend the late goal which meant that Villa have lost both Christmas games.
He said: 'We should have won. It's hard to take. The ball fell kindly to Torres and he's a very, very good player. It's a real blow. It's been a poor Christmas but we will come again.'
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