A last-gasp free-kick from the inspirational Steven Gerrard sealed victory for Liverpool after it seemed a penalty from Gareth Barry was about to cancel out a first-half own goal from Villa defender Martin Laursen.
Torres, signed from Atletico Madrid for £20.2million, looked sharp in partnership with Dirk Kuyt and Benitez said: "I was happy with what Fernando did. He worked very hard. Him and Kuyt were a problem for their defenders. That was the idea."
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