Hodgson: Match-winner Torres silenced critics.

Roy Hodgson believes Fernando Torres well-and-truly silenced his critics with his match-winning brace against Chelsea while Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti also had high praise for the striker he was heavily linked with in the summer.

Fernando Torres fires home the opening goal for Liverpool against Chelsea

Fernando Torres fires home the opening goal for Liverpool against Chelsea

Hodgson said he was pleased Spain striker Torres was hogging the headlines on Monday morning following his key role in Sunday’s 2-0 victory at Anfield, since the press had mostly been writing about Torres in a critical tone previously this season.

“I am pleased everyone is talking about Torres because they have talked about him negatively and not always correctly because he has not been anywhere near as bad as people would like to suggest,” said Hodgson. “He has had to take that on the chin and accept all of that so it is great he is getting some plaudits now.

“I thought the first goal was a marvellous piece of teamwork and the second was just a fantastic strike. I could see from the moment he cut inside (Branislav) Ivanovic he was looking for that corner and with the confidence of the first goal behind him he found it. But I think the team will get a good amount of credit and it won’t be put down to entirely one man. Read more of this post

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