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How To Get Fernando Torres Back In Form

Fernando Torres Liverpool 2010/11 Birmingham City V Liverpool (0-0) 12/09/10 The Premier League Photo Robin Parker Fotosports International Photo via Newscom
Roy Hodgson finally saw his Liverpool side climb out of the bottom three with a hard-fought win at Bolton. It certainly wasn’t easy for the Hodgson’s men as the hosts frustrated Liverpool for long periods only to be undone by some Fernando Torres magic late on.

Torres’ delightful flick in to the path of an on-running Maxi Rodriguez demonstrated that while he is still lacking in form he can still be a match winner for Hodgson. In fact you could argue that with his assist today, coupled with a winning goal against Blackburn last week, the Spaniard has already earned Liverpool six points.

However the former Atletico Madrid man is still a million miles away from his best. Had it not been for his piece of individual brilliance, then mass criticism of Torres would have been the reaction from most pundits.

So often at the Reebok Stadium, the 27-year-old would miss place a pass or see his touch let him down. This is the reason why he is not getting anywhere near the number of goals that you would expect from a striker of his ability.

I’m reluctant to say “the Fernando Torres of old would have scored today” because it’s not as if Torres is a different player. His flick today was a timely reminder of the immense talent that he possesses.

In time, I think Torres will play himself in to form because his confidence will slowly grow. But I think Hodgson can help him by changing his tactics to ensure Torres gets the best service possible. Torres looked isolated at times in the first half against Bolton, and with his confidence low, a second striker to support him and ease the pressure on him to score goals could really help the striker return to his best sooner.

Hodgson did just that at Bolton with the introduction of David N’Gog as a second half substitute and Torres’ performance did improve as a result. In the long term I doubt whether N’Gog has the capabilities to provide a suitable foil for Torres, but with Dirk Kuyt’s return from injury expected in next week’s clash with Chelsea, Hodgson does have options.

The Chelsea game next week could be the ideal stage for ‘El Nino’ to return to form. The striker has previously thrived for Liverpool on the big stage, and there aren’t many bigger games for Liverpool this season. But you have to feel for Torres to shine he really needs the support of his team-mates and his manager now.

Hodgson would be a fool not to give him this support, because if he can get Torres firing on all cylinders, then Torres will fire Liverpool up the table.

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  1. F1Mikal

    November 1, 2010 at 10:11 am

    IMHO, Torres only has to return to the bleached blonde hair; it is his mojo.

    We all understand little superstitions can have a mental effect on top players; it could be the solution.

    my 2p
    BTW, I am a Chelsea supporter, hate Liverpool, but like Torres’ style.

  2. john sexton

    November 1, 2010 at 6:55 am

    the best way to get torres going again is to lose hodgson and get a proper manager in who will attack!! if we hire a proper manager before january give him money for good players, we will see a differnent torres but sadly this wont happen as hodgson will see out the season destroying liverpool even more. then were going to have most of over good players handing in transfer requests and it will be too late. depressing.

  3. youalreadyknow8

    November 1, 2010 at 3:11 am

    You can tell by his body language on the field that something is up. If you compare the movements and runs from him last year and the ones of torres lately, you can see definite changes. Did he get fully and properly healed up from all his injurys? Or did the clubs debt crisis and other unknown off-field issues clog the lads head up too much?

  4. Duck

    October 31, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    Liverpool fans have been saying this for the past two months.

    It’s sad that Roy can’t figure it out. Expect him to park the bus for the Chelsea game.

  5. dominjon

    October 31, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    Last week, Gerrard played very close to Torres. This week he played further back. Torres loses heart if he finds himself easily crowded out and without support. It doesn’t matter what system Liverpool play, Torres needs someone there making themselves available when he recieves the ball and is immediately surrounded by three defenders. He needs options other than having to always try and turn and beat multiple defenders.
    Ngog and him have zero understanding (how many passes have they even made to each other) but at least he pulls defenders away from Torres, which is why he looks better.
    Until Roy finds a way to get quick support to Torres, you might as well give him the week off and play the big Greek up front. He’d be more suited to battling alone against multipe defenders.

  6. SantaClaus

    October 31, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    I don’t think Torres was isolated today against Bolton. He was very poor the entire match except for the assist for the goal. At times he seemed disinterested. I’m not sure if it’s because of his lack of form or that he doesn’t want to be in Liverpool. I would sell him if he doesn’t want to play for Liverpool and continues to put in performances like he did today. No one is bigger than the club.

    • Todd Courtney

      October 31, 2010 at 7:24 pm

      If you sell him Roy better have a big name to replace him and fast. I think he needs time. He didn’t look good for most of the game today, but the team didn’t look good in the attack. I think given time Roy will trun things around. The key will be if he is given time.

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