Liverpool Boss Roy Hodgson: Goal Will Come For Fernando Torres

Spaniard's barren spell continues...
Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson was again left to defend out-of-form striker Fernando Torres after his disappointing performance against FC Utrecht.

The Reds were held to a goalless draw in Holland on a frustrating night for the Anfield club and especially for the Spanish striker, who was unable to add to his one goal this campaign.

However, Hodgson was quick to defend the World Cup winner and stated that he was pleased with his performance as well as his side’s point.

The Reds boss tod reporters: "I thought it was a good point, we knew it would be a tough point. We gave them a couple of chances through individual errors, but in terms of shape and the way we played I have nothing but praise for my team.

"Fernando is still seeking that elusive goal and there were a couple of good opportunities but unfortunately it didn't happen for him.

"He is getting closer, and it will come right for him. It was another good 90 minutes under his belt and he will be better for it.”

The striker appeared to be complaining of a knee problem as he went straight to the team physio after the full-time whistle, but Hodgson was quick to play down suggestions that the Spanish star had picked up an injury.

He added: "I didn't spend the whole 90 minutes watching one player or obsessing about him and whether he picked up a knock or not, I have to concentrate on all my players and I was satisfied with the team performance.

"Utrecht were as aggressive and determined as we knew they could be and we had to be at our best to keep them out tonight and we did.

"A point, which gives us four points now is more than satisfactory, and a draw is a more than satisfactory result.

"I think maybe a win for us would have been harsh on Utrecht because they deserved something from the game, so I am satisfied with the result, and our position in the group now.

"It was a good game and they are a good team, it was not a dull game where nothing happened, and I think it is quite easy to see why they have such a good home record," concluded the Liverpool manager.

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