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Torres Seeks Winning Tribute To Fans
Published : 13 Apr 2009 15:09:00Rss feed
Fernando Torres believes Liverpool need to produce a miraculous Champions League win in memory of the 96 fans who died at Hillsborough 20 years ago. The Spanish striker has already dedicated his two goals in Saturday's 4-0 win over Blackburn to the memory of those fans. And he hopes Liverpool can achieve a result against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday to reach the semi-finals of the Champions League, just hours ahead of Wednesday's memorial service at Anfield. Liverpool are 3-1 down from the first leg and desperate to produce an improbable victory in west London. Torres is acutely aware of the significance of this week and has already paid his own tribute to those who lost their lives at Hillsborough, pointing to the heavens after scoring his brilliant opening goal on Saturday against Blackburn. Torres said: "Those goals on Saturday were for the 96 and their families because I know that it was a special day for them with it being the home game closest to the anniversary. "The goals were more special because of the service on Wednesday, when we will see the families on an important day for them and for all Liverpool supporters. "It makes tomorrow's game all the more important. We have to try to do it for the families and the 96 who died." Liverpool's players, coaching staff and management will fly back from London directly after the game and will be at Anfield for Wednesday's memorial service to those who died in Britain's worst football tragedy. Boss Rafael Benitez has already praised the fans for their conduct on Saturday ahead of the Blackburn game. He said: "The minutes' silence was observed by everyone with great respect. Everyone knows what this week means to us here, it was a great reaction from everyone. "This is going to be a difficult week for the club in terms of the Hillsborough anniversary so it was good that we could win on Saturday for our fans and for the families. "And it would be good do the same at Chelsea for the same reasons." Torres is confident Liverpool can overcome the odds at Stamford Bridge. He said: "I believe the team can score three goals at Chelsea although it is very difficult because they are a strong team. "We can do it, we have confidence, we know we can win the game. And we will not panic if we do concede one there, if we score three then it goes to extra-time. "We won away to Manchester United, they scored but we still won 4-1. Chelsea could just defend, but I doubt that, they will want to score themselves and that will give us a chance ourselves. "Chelsea will play for the win, if they score one or two it will be over. They will not just defend, they will try to attack." And defender Jamie Carragher is equally confident, adding: "Chelsea played very well at Anfield, we have to give them credit for that. "But over the last couple of months we have been the form team in the country, and we know we can do it."
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