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Allardyce backs Anfield title bid

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Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce insisted Liverpool can still win the title after seeing his side thrashed 4-0 at Anfield.

The Reds kept the heat on Manchester United, regardless of the depression following the midweek Champions League defeat by Chelsea, with Fernando Torres producing an attacking master class with a first-half brace.

"They are certainly capable of winning the title, even if Manchester United have a game in hand," said Allardyce.

"If Liverpool keep playing like that and continue with that pace and confidence, it is possible they can win it.

"There will be a lot of twists and turns yet and they certainly believe they can do it."

There was no Steven Gerrard, the Liverpool captain left on the bench to nurse his groin injury, but the plan worked as the home side won on cruise control.

Gerrard will now almost certainly be launched into Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final, second leg at Stamford Bridge in a last-ditch attempt to keep Liverpool's European dreams alive.

And they certainly kept their Barclays Premier League hopes on course with a fine display, Torres scoring two outstanding goals to set Liverpool on the way to their 27th successive unbeaten home league game before Daniel Agger and substitute David Ngog added further goals near the end.

Reds boss Rafa Benitez said: "We had plenty of very clear chances and in the end it was easy.

"After what happened in midweek against Chelsea, that was the perfect response."

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