Monday, October 26, 2009

Torres admits he played through pain

Fernando Torres admitted he played through the pain barrier as Liverpool bounced back into the title hunt with a 2-0 victory over Manchester United on Sunday.

El Nino scored the opener on his return from an adductor injury on a day when the Reds were back to their best after four consecutive defeats.

But he confessed afterwards: "I wasn't really at my best. We knew before the game I couldn't play to 100 per cent because I had some pain in some actions, but in games like this the pain doesn't matter."

Torres took his tally for the season to nine midway through the second half after brushing off Rio Ferdinand and firing home at the near post.

He added: "I feel a bit of pain when I shoot across so I could only shoot towards the near post - it was the only thing I could do!"

The result leaves Liverpool just four points behind the champions and six adrift of league leaders Chelsea.

"I am really happy for the fans and the players and we will enjoy this," said Torres.

"We are in the race again. We knew before the game that we had to win and we did it. Now we have a bit of confidence but we have to keep it going on Wednesday in the Carling Cup against Arsenal.

"Then we have to be focused for Fulham. But we feel like a strong team again because we're working all together like in the past.

"We will see what happens and then look at things at the end."

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