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Give the ball to Torres and he will get results, says Kop immortal

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Liverpool legends don't come much bigger than Robbie Fowler, so the striker is well-placed to offer his thoughts on the form of Fernando Torres.

The former Anfield ace currently plies his trade with A-League side Perth Glory but has been keeping one eye on the performances of Liverpool under new boss Roy Hodgson.

Liverpool have endured a sluggish start to the campaign thus far and Torres attracted criticism from some quarters for his display in the bore draw against Birmingham City.

However, the Liverpool star - who now occupies Fowler's No.9 shirt - showed against Manchester United that he is nearing his spectacular best.

And, after watching El Nino get amongst the United defence, Fowler had a simple message for the Liverpool squad: "Give him the ball and he will get results."

Fowler knows only too well what it is like returning to the pressures of the Premier League after a stint on the sidelines and believes that Torres is showing gradual signs of improvement.

"It takes time to get back up to the top level after a long period of injury, and he's had more than his fair share in recent times," he told the official Liverpool website.

"Even just a fraction of a percentage makes a massive difference at his level, and in a couple of weeks he'll probably look a different man again.

"When he's at the top of his game then his touch and pace are a deadly combination, but it's probably not quite there yet as he's still coming back from a series of injuries that can affect that first explosive moment on the ball.

"You can never question his contribution to the team, because he is prepared to put in a shift up front on his own against some of the best - and toughest - defenders in the world, and believe me that's not easy.

"I watched with interest as Liverpool failed to find him in the first half at United, and the results were obvious. In the second though, their tactics changed, and suddenly he created two goals. That showed he is not as far away as people are making out.

"Give him the ball and he will get results, which was evident after the break at Old Trafford."

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