Carra: ‘œTorres is key to title’

Liverpool vice-captain Jamie Carragher says the return of striker Fernando Torres to the first team from injury is ‘œmassive to our title challenge’.

Torres has recently come back from a long lay-off and is steadily returned to full fitness, scoring vital last minute winners in Liverpool’s last two Premier League games.

The extra four points Torres’ goals have earned has pushed the Reds back up to second in the league table, but two points behind leaders Manchester United.

Carragher, who is currently Liverpool captain with Steven Gerrard out injured until March, hailed the Spanish striker after his late show sunk Portsmouth at Fratton Park on Saturday evening.

“Fernando is massive to our title challenge,” said Carragher. “It’s credit to the players and the staff that we are where we are considering he’s been missing for a long time this season.”

“To get him back, the way he’s been firing against Chelsea with a couple of great goals and then he’s done the damage against Portsmouth has gained us an extra four points in two Premier League games.

“If he can keep doing that for the rest of the season then we’ll run whoever it is close for the title.”