Helping hands can ease load on Liverpool FC strike stars
19 September 2009 04:00
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FERNANDO TORRES may not be firing on all cylinders yet this season but manager Rafa Benitez insists it's good to share.
By his own high standards, the striker has been some way off his best in the opening month of the Premier League campaign.
However, while Torres has take time to build up his sharpness, others have stepped up to the plate and eased the goal burden on the 25-year-old.
Yossi Benayoun rose to the challenge with his hat-trick against Burnley last weekend, while skipper Steven Gerrard, Dirk Kuyt and Glen Johnson have also made vital contributions.
The result is that no club has bettered the Reds' 13-goal haul in the league so far.
That represents Liverpool's best return over the opening five games of a campaign for 16 years and Benitez hopes the goals continue to flow from a variety of sources.
'We have to look for goals from everywhere and the fact that different players are scoring for us is very positive,' Benitez said.
'When your top striker is scoring all the goals everyone is talking about him.
'As a manager it's better to have more options.
'If you have more players getting into the box and scoring then the opposition have more to worry about.
'It's makes life more difficult for them rather than only being concerned with one player.'
Despite his slow start after a shortened pre-season, Torres has already found the net three times.
Benitez believes there were signs during Wednesday night's Champions League win over Debrecen that the £20million hitman is about to move up a gear.
And he is hoping Torres takes out his frustration on West Ham at Upton Park today.
'Fernando can play better and he knows this,' Benitez said.
'In the early games he wasn't properly prepared because of the problems in pre-season.
'Defenders were on top of him all the time and it was difficult for him to find space.
'He knows he can improve and I'm confident he will. He's doing his best and in the last game I was really pleased with his effort.
'Against Debrecen I could see very positive things from Fernando.
'He worked really hard for the team, creating space, and was much better.
'Thanks to him other players had more time on the ball and more options.
'Hopefully we will see him at his best against West Ham.'