Can Liverpool Close the gap?


Aston Villa defender Luke Young admits his teammates have no idea how to cope with the threat of an in-form Fernando Torres.

The former Charlton and Middlesbrough full-back has been hugely impressed by El Nino’s form following his injury troubles and feels he is capable of giving any defence in the world the runaround when he’s in top gear.

“How do you look after Torres? I am not too sure,” said Young.

“I think you’ve got to give yourself a headstart by 10 yards at least. He is a good player. I think Liverpool have missed him at times this year.

“When he plays, like you saw at the weekend, he is a real handful. Nemanja Vidic has been one of the best players in the Premier League this year and Torres gave him a little bit of a runaround. He is a good player.

“Even when they didn’t have him, they were top of the league but any team that has got Torres in it is a better team.”

Three points against Martin O’Neill’s side would see Rafa and co maintain their bid to catch leaders Man United at the top of the Barclays Premier League.

Liverpool V Aston Villa Premier League

The Reds have drawn three of their last four matches with the Villans but will be confident of victory, having notched up a 15-match unbeaten run against them.

The last time the Champions League hopefuls took the spoils against the Reds, was back in 2001 when they won 3-1 at Anfield.

Martin O’Neill’s men have looked most dangerous on the road this year too, but with a 4-0 rout of Real Madrid fresh in the memory from our last home outing, the Reds will be confident they can claim another important victory. They would then be one point behind the Premiership leaders who still have a game in-hand.


~ by awbroady on March 21, 2009.

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