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.

“The midfield and back players put in a lot of good work. In most of the games we have played we have been quite hard to beat but what makes the difference is goals at the other end. Recently we’ve found a little bit of goal form which has given us three straight wins – which in the Premier League is enormous. What you are looking for all the time is that bit of extra quality your team has over your opponents and we had that from Fernando, along with a very disciplined and organised performance from the others.”

Ancelotti suggested Torres was set to hit top form after niggling injuries have hampered his performances so far this season.

Ancelotti said: “He scored two fantastic goals and he showed he was fit and has come back from not a good moment. He is a fantastic striker.”

While Ancelotti was remaining upbeat in defeat, conceding “it is impossible to win every game”, the result was a boon for Liverpool’s hopes of pushing towards the European places. Consecutive victories hint that Hodgson’s methods are starting to take hold at Anfield, particular with the club’s future now secure under new owner John W Henry.

Henry was at Anfield to witness the victory, and while the American is still learning the finer points of football, he was impressed with what he saw.

“An indication of what can happen when this group comes together as one?” he wrote on Twitter. “The second goal was perfection. (I) Learned what a very clean sheet is.”

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