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Torres return casts shadow over Keane

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Robbie Keane's three fine goals in the last two Liverpool games have swept away the doubts over the Irishman's qualities.

But the 28-year-old will step out at Newcastle on Sunday aware that Fernando Torres is close to a fully recovery from his hamstring injury, and could even feature at St James' Park.

But Keane said: "I enjoyed the position I played against Bolton, up front on my own. That's my best position and where I have played for the last 10 years, I enjoy it. But wherever the boss wants me to play, I will do it for the team, that's the most important thing."

Keane at last looked comfortable and confident in his role as Bolton were swept aside, Albert Riera grabbing the first with Keane's double coming in four blistering second-half minutes.

He said: "I have always said that I know I will score goals, for me it has not been a problem.

"But it was good to see my first one go in. But even before that we had not been playing badly, we'd had them under a lot of pressure."

Liverpool go into the Newcastle game top at this stage for the first time since 1996, and with a growing belief in their play.

Assistant boss Sammy Lee said: "It is good to still be top, and we hope to still be there going into the new year.

"It will be tough against Newcastle, a very difficult task, but on this form we are looking forward to it.

"What was pleasing was the quality of our play, and the patience we showed in possession. Robbie Keane scored twice, that's terrific, but I just like seeing any Liverpool player scoring goals."

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Robbie Keane
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Bolton Wanderers
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