Lay off matchwinner Torres, says Gerrard
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Sunday 20 Sep 2009 20:57:00
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Steven Gerrard has hit out at Fernando Torres’ early-season critics after the Spaniard’s two-goal match-winning show at West Ham.

Torres has been questioned in some quarters for his displays in the past few weeks, but Gerrard says there doesn’t appear to be much wrong with his performances in his eyes.


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Gerrard said: ‘He's been playing okay to me. Those are the standards he's set. If he has one game where he doesn't score or he's below his level then everyone is looking at his form.

‘That's the criticism you get when you're a top player, but he was certainly on fire here and got two superb goals for us.’

Gerrard said it was vital Liverpool won to strengthen their position in the top group in the Premier League on a weekend when four of the other leaders played each other. Man City and Spurs both lost on Sunday to Man Utd and Chelsea.

Gerrard said: ‘It was important we got our three points in the bag as the sides above us were going to drop points. We controlled the game football-wise and we are happy about how we played.

‘We are building confidence slowly and we're certainly playing better now than we were at the beginning of the season when the two defeats were a bit of a blow. We've recovered and hopefully we can go on a long run of results now.’

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