Torres lauds team effort

27 September 2009 05:57
// A bit of a hack but it works// The article snippet is wrapped onto a second line, even when #article-sub is emptyif( $("div#article-sub").children().length == 0 ) {$("div#article-sub").remove();} Fernando Torres insists the 6-1 win over Hull City was a team effort despite the Spaniard helping himself to a hat-trick.

The 26-year-old added to his two goals against West Ham last week by producing another match winning display against the Tigers at Anfield on Saturday.

The former Atletico Madrid man now has eight for the season after some had suggested he was struggling for form just a few weeks ago.

Torres almost single-handedly took the Tigers backline apart as he fired the Reds into a 3-1 lead but the striker accepts that the whole team played a part.

"When you score a hat-trick it is always an amazing day and when the team scores six it is fantastic for us and we have more confidence now," he said.

"I did my work and this is a team game and players deserve to play. Ryan Babel came on and scored two.

"It is important to win and score goals but three was more than enough for me."

The result was Liverpool's sixth straight win and sets up next week's crunch clash with Chelsea perfectly, but Torres believes the Merseysiders can still improve.

"We have to keep going as we are still not at our best," he said.

"We have a very hard game against Chelsea next weekend but we are in a fantastic position and we could be on the same points as them if we win that game."

On fireLiverpool boss Rafa Benitez has backed his frontman to continue his good run of form after some had begun to question the Spanish international after the Reds' opening UEFA Champions League match with Debrecen.

"The question was put to me last week (after the Debrecen match) that he was not fully fit - one week later suddenly everything is fantastic because he is on fire," he stated.

"Fernando wants to improve, he is keen to play and is training very hard. He has some good qualities and if we can keep him fit it will be good for us.

"When we decided to bring in Fernando we knew his character. We knew it would be good for English football, as is his physical approach.

"He is improving and doing well and hopefully it will continue."

Source: SKY_Sports