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Torres on course to return

03 Nov 2008 - 12:37:25

Liverpool striker Fernando Torres could return to Rafa Benitez's starting line-up for Tuesday's Champions League clash against Atletico Madrid at Anfield.

The Spain international has recovered from the hamstring injury he suffered while representing his country last month and has a good chance of featuring against his former club.

Benitez said: "Fernando has been working really, really hard and doing good work with the physios. He trained on Sunday and will train again on Monday and then we will see. I'd say he has a 70 per cent chance of featuring in the game.

"Atletico Madrid was his first club and now he is with Liverpool - two big clubs with lots of fans who love him, so this is massive for him."

Meanwhile, the former Valencia boss is keen for his side to bounce back from Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Tottenham, their first loss of the campaign.

He admitted: "It is football. Sometimes you can win, you can lose but after this last game we don't need to be worried about the performance of the team, their character or quality.

"The key is to keep the confidence in the team and keep working as hard as we did against Tottenham and we will be there.

"We were so dominant. We were controlling the game, we were controlling everything. It was a surprise. At half-time we were talking about how we needed to score a second goal to finish the game.

"It is very difficult to win every game now because some of the other teams are really good.

"We have been winning without Fernando (Torres). We know when we have Fernando we have another option which is different.

"But (Robbie) Keane was doing well with (Steven) Gerrard and after that (Ryan) Babel with (Dirk) Kuyt - it was always a threat.

"You cannot talk about Torres because the rest of the players were doing so well it would not be fair. Clearly when you have a striker with the quality and potential of Torres he will be a good addition for us."


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