Torres scores twice as Liverpool beats Chelsea 2-0

Spain striker Fernando Torres scored twice to help resurgent

Liverpool beat leader Chelsea 2-0 on Sunday for its third straight

Premier League victory.

Torres scored his first goal by slotting past Chelsea goalkeeper

Petr Cech in the 11th minute after skillfully controlling Dirk

Kuyt’s through ball.

League leaders Chelsea looked unimpressive in attack without

Didier Drogba who sat on the bench for the first half at Anfield.

Salomon Kalou tried to get a quick equalizer for Chelsea in the

13th but headed straight at goalkeeper Pepe Reina from Ashley

Cole’s cross.

Torres added a second just before half time after Raul Meireles

won possession and sent the Spaniard down the left wing. Torres cut

inside and curled an impressive shot around Czech.

”We weren’t good enough at the start of the season,” Torres

told Sky Sports. ”But we thought from the beginning we needed time

to work with a new manager and new players … We have to keep

winning.”

Liverpool, which also beat Blackburn and Bolton in its winning

streak, has moved from the drop zone to ninth place with key

players returning to form, including captain Steven Gerrard who

scored a hat trick against Napoli on Thursday in the Europa

League.

”Liverpool played very well and at 2-0 down it was difficult to

come back in the game. Torres played very well today and scored two

fantastic goals,” Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti said. ”We are

still top of the table. It’s impossible to win every game,

sometimes you lose but the team showed the same mentality and

strength.”

It was a game with few real opportunities as both sides packed

their midfields and canceled each other out.

After the break, Liverpool almost allowed Chelsea back into the

game with Reina saving well against a point-blank shot from Florent

Malouda in the 66th after a cross from Drogba. At the other end,

Cech prevented Liverpool scoring a third by stopping a shot from

Kuyt with his feet.

With five minutes left Anelka fired a low shot which bounced up

to strike the bar after hitting Reina.

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson enjoyed his team’s most impressive

league win this season after the club’s worst start for 50

years.

”You have to put up with it and keep working with the team and

let them answer for you,” Hodgson said. ”We’re not a bad team and

we’re trying to get better through working.”