Rest of Liverpool team equally to blame for Torres’ poor scoring form

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Pepe Reina has insisted that the rest of the Liverpool team should be blamed for Fernando Torres’ difficult start to the season in front of goal.

Torres scored only his second Premier League goal of the season in the recent win over Blackburn and it is his lack of goals that is partly responsible for Liverpool being in the relegation zone after nine games.

He is now 16/1 to finish the Premier League’s top scorer this season after being 7/1 at one point, with Chelsea’s Florent Malouda currently leading the way with seven goals.

The striker has been battling to return to fitness following a groin injury he suffered at the World Cup, but some sources have suggested that the reason for his poor form is that his heart has not really been in it at Anfield.

However, Spanish teammate Reina believes that Torres cannot keep manipulating chances for himself and the onus is on the rest of the team to find him in scoring positions.

Reina said: “I don’t think we have been assisting him like we should, particularly in the last few weeks. He has not been able to do anything at all.

“We know he is the type of player that can win a game just like that but we can’t expect him to keep doing it on his own. We have to feed him in. That’s the point.”

Liverpool are still in the relegation places despite their Blackburn victory, but the tightness of the Premier League table means that they are only three points adrift of moving into seventh place in the standings.

Roy Hodgson’s team are now back out to 16/1 from 10/1 to be relegated this season, but they can enhance their chances of beating the drop further with a result at Bolton.

Liverpool are 11/10 to beat Bolton. See the whole Bolton vs Liverpool match betting odds market.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.