Fernando Torres scored two goals at Wolves on Saturday bringing his tally to nine for the season, all in the Premier league, but most importantly, he has scored three in his four games under new manager Kenny Dalglish. Torres’ rejuvenated form is a godsend in the minds of Liverpool fans after they watched their darling languish alone up the field and become ever more frustrated under previous manager Roy Hodgson.
Torres had his moments in the first half of the season, but they were far too few and far between and rarely was it his doing. He was left all alone up front under Hodgson’s tactics which too often asked his players to go up the middle of the field meaning the ball never made its way to the striker.
But Dalglish is a whole different manager, and most importantly, he’s a manager who understands his players, in particular star strikers.
In his playing and previous coaching days with Liverpool, Dalglish worked with the likes of John Aldridge, Peter Beardsley and one of Liverpool’s greatest No. 9’s ever, Ian Rush. He knows the dips in form these star players can have, and he knows how to fix them.
Just push forward and give your star striker some support and the goals will most certainly come. Lucky for Dalglish, Torres is already a world-class striker, so he didn’t have to tinker with any mechanics.
Even more important is to let your star know that help is on its way, whether in the way you send the team out to play or by bringing new players in to share the load.
Torres’ improved play has been matched by everyone, in particular Raul Meireles, who has scored his first two goals, both of them stunners, for Liverpool in the last two games. Lucas Leiva has also pushed forward more but been tougher in helping out his defense, and Glen Johnson has looked a very capable defender at left back instead of right.
The rumor mill has also been rife that Liverpool wants to bring in Ajax and Uruguay international Luis Suarez during this January transfer window. You must remember Suarez whose self-titled “hand of god” handball on the goal line sent Ghana, the favorites of Africa and impartial viewers all over, out of the World Cup quarterfinals.
Despite his obvious arrogance, he’s a fantastic striker and has been scoring goals for fun since joining Ajax and being called up to Uruguay in 2007. His handball at least shows he’s willing to do anything to help his team win.
Blackpool’s bull of a central midfielder, Charlie Adam, has also been on the Reds’ radar of late, and he would be an excellent partner for Steven Gerrard allowing players such as Leiva and Meireles to go forward more.
Dalglish has had an immensely positive impact on the entire red half of Liverpool, but nowhere is it more evident than on Torres’ face. He’s energetically running up and down the pitch and has the passion in his eyes that’s been lacking all season. What’s more is the whole team is following in the footsteps of their most prized asset.