Fernando Torres impresses with return to form
Fernando Torres has earned himself praise from both his own team and Chelsea's Carlo Ancelotti, after he helped Liverpool to secure a surprise victory against the Blues over the weekend.
The Merseysiders managed to beat Ancelotti's side 2-0, with Torres bagging both goals for his team.
The victory was greatly needed for Roy Hodgson's side who have been struggling this season.
Following a poor performance during the South African World Cup, Torres has come under intense criticism by pundits who claim he is still nowhere near his best form.
It appears that the Spaniard agrees with his critics, claiming that he does not feel that he has recaptured his his peak form.
Torres has been battling injury for the past year, having to undergo surgery on his knee on multiple occasions. Despite his setback, he believes that he is finally on the mend.
"It's been difficult but I'm improving.” said the 26-year-old.
"I don't know if I can play my best soon but I will as soon as possible."
The Spanish striker has admitted that he has felt extra pressure from the intense media scrutiny that being a Liverpool player brings with it.
"It's part of a footballer's life being criticised. Playing for a team like Liverpool, everyone is watching everything you are doing around the world a minute later.”
Liverpool boss Hodgson believes that much of the criticism surround Torres has been hyped, and is happy with his progression in the side.
"I'm pleased with the performance and I'm pleased Fernando will get the plaudits because he's taken his fair share of criticism, some of which has been grossly exaggerated and certainly not fully deserved," stated Hodgson.
Liverpool are now up to ninth place in the Premier League following a poor start; only weeks ago they were firmly planted in the relegation-zone.
Liverpool will play Wigan in their next Premiership fixture, with 888sport, Ladbrokes and Coral offering 7/2 odds of a victory for Wigan.