Liverpool striker Fernando Torres believes a victory at home to Tottenham on Sunday would help return confidence levels to what they were last season.

Having beaten fellow Champions League hopefuls Aston Villa last week thanks to Torres' 50th league goal, when he became the quickest player to reach that landmark in the club's history in the process, the Spain striker is looking for another boost against Tottenham at Anfield.

He said: "We have not been able to win three or four games in a row this year. If we can beat Tottenham, we will be up at that level."

After finishing second in the Barclays Premier League last term, pushing Manchester United all the way, many expected Rafael Benitez's side to mount a real title challenge this campaign.

However, a loss of form of a number of key players and injuries to Torres and captain Steven Gerrard have contributed to seven defeats already.

That has left the club seventh in the table and allowed the likes of Spurs, Aston Villa and Manchester City to take advantage and all make a bid to break into the top four.

"The main thing is confidence. We have not had the same confidence," said the striker of this season's problems.

"Last year we were winning games when we were not playing so well - we got 20 points from winning games in the last 20 minutes.

"When you are winning games, you go out and you know that you are going to go into your next game and win that as well."

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