Thursday, December 27, 2007


FERNANDO Torres produced a piece of pure individual magic last night to set Liverpool on their way to the knock-out stages of the European Cup.
Rafael Benitez can breathe again after his team’s comfortable 4-0 win over Marseille in France secured their passage, but the list of possible opponents in the next stage is daunting and includes Barcelona, Real Madrid and both Milans.

But Benitez can now go into talks over his future with the club’s American owners tomorrow buoyed by a recent run of results that culminated last night with this emphatic victory.

Liverpool’s nerves were settled after just four minutes when Steven Gerrard converted a penalty – on the rebound – after he had been hauled down in the box.

Then, seven minutes later, Torres ghosted past a clutch of defenders before sliding the ball in. Dirk Kuyt applied the killer blow just after half-time and Ryan Babel added the fourth in injury time.

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