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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Liverpool Confident ahead of Olympique Marseille Encounter, despite Torres Injury

Following the morale-booster victory over Manchester United at home last night, Liverpool is confident ahead of their opening match of Champions League 2008-09 away at Olympique Marseille on Tuesday. However, the premier league giants are worried about the fitness of the two key players: Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard. Captain Gerrard came on as a substitute in the second half of their 2-1 victory against Manchester United after recovering from a groin injury that kept him out of England’s opening two world cup qualifiers.

However, Liverpool’s Spanish striker Fernando Torres was left in the sideline with hamstring injury and he is still doubtful for Liverpool’s upcoming Europe fixture. Torres, the highest goal scorer of Liverpool last season, picked up the hamstring injury during the match against Aston Villa on August 31 and since then he has been sidelined. However, one thing is for sure that Liverpool is now full of confident after clinching their first premier league victory over big rivals Manchester United in seven years.

Manager Rafael Benitez also expressed that Liverpool would travel to France with good frame of mind. He added that Liverpool would go into the Champions League in good heart and spirit. So, it is pretty clear that the whole team is now full of confident. So, I do not think that Torres’s injury would be a big problem for Liverpool while taking on Marseille, given the fact that they pulled off the victory over Manchester United without needing any significant contribution from Gerrard and Torres.

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