Torres accepts Reds responsibility

BY foxsports • March 29, 2010

Liverpool striker Fernando Torres accepts that his form will be one of the deciding factors as to whether the Reds finish in the top four.

The Spain international has scored seven goals in his last four matches and has found the net 20 times in just 26 starts of an injury-hit campaign.

However, those problems which have contributed to Liverpool desperately trying to reduce the four-point gap to fourth-placed Tottenham - a hernia before Christmas and a January knee operation which sidelined him for five weeks - may actually work to their advantage in the run-in.

While Spurs - who have to play Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal within a 10-day spell - have been without leading scorer Jermain Defoe with a hamstring injury for three matches, Torres is looking fresh and the sharpest he has been for a long time.

"When you get injuries it is frustrating because every player wants to be able to play in every game," said Torres, who scored twice in the 3-0 win over Sunderland on Sunday and should have had at least a hat-trick.

"Playing in less than 30 games is not too many for a footballer, especially a Liverpool player, but I am playing now and scoring goals and I just want to help the team.

"The main thing is that I am close to my best now. I feel strong, I have stamina.

"If I can keep scoring goals until the end of the season we can do good things for Liverpool."

Had Torres been fit for the majority of the campaign it is likely that Liverpool would be higher in the Premier League table and may even have been still in with a shout in the title race.

But the 25-year-old does not want to dwell on what might have been and is instead focusing on what he can affect in Liverpool's six remaining matches.

"We know we haven't had a good season," he added.

"We are now in the final part of the season and we still have some chances to change it.

"We have got 18 points to play for and all we can do is try to get them and wait to see what the results of the other teams ahead of us are.

"It is not easy, but we have confidence and we know we have to win every game.

"We also have the Europa League and if at the end of the season we cannot get into the Champions League winning a trophy would be nice."

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