Liverpool have suffered another setback as they attempt to get their Premier League title bid back on track as Fernando Torres could miss some upcoming games with injury.
Roy Hodgson’s team appeared to turn a corner when beating Chelsea and there were signs that Torres was close to returning to his brilliant best when he scored both goals in the success.
However, they have only taken one point from their two games since and although Torres scored against Wigan, he did little of note apart from damage his ankle ligaments against Stoke.
Hodgson may not have done the injury any good by leaving Torres on for the full 90 minutes, despite this being at the request of the striker and it is now unknown how long he will be out for.
It is believed that the injury is not too serious, but it will be assessed in more detail by the Spanish international team’s medical staff ahead of their friendly with Portugal.
The Liverpool manager said: “I don’t think it was too serious, if it had have been I don’t think he would have carried on. But it was a nasty knock which he took on his ankle.
“I didn’t want to take him off because you don’t want to take your goalscorer off when you need a goal. But I don’t think he was firing on all cylinders.”
Liverpool are 80/1 to win the Premier League, but are fortunate not to have lost much ground on their fellow title contenders as Chelsea also lost and Manchester United drew.
However, they are 12 points behind Chelsea and know that it is imperative that they beat Wet Ham next, with or without Torres.
If Torres is absent it could be a chance of David Ngog to prove his worth after scoring five times in Liverpool’s Europa League campaign this season.
Torres has five league goals this season and is 5/1 to finish as the Premier League top scorer in May. See the full Premier League top scorer betting odds market.