Friday, January 23, 2009

Rafa - Torres near full fitness

Striker set to start again in derby cup clash

Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez is confident star striker Fernando Torres is close to full fitness.

Torres started his first game since November in Monday night's clash with Everton and hit the post in the 1-1 draw at Anfield.

He is in line to face the Reds' Merseyside rivals again in Sunday's FA Cup fourth-round tie and Benitez feels his fellow Spaniard is nearing peak condition.

"I was impressed with him on Monday," Benitez told the club's official website. "It is not easy to play in a derby when it is so intense. He was exhausted at the end but he did well.

"He is very close to full fitness - now it's just about getting match fitness. He needs to play games.

"You know a striker needs to play games and be in front of the goal a few times. That's the key - getting the confidence.

"The more chances you get the more likely you are to start scoring goals. Hopefully he can score this weekend."

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