Kenny out to inspire Torres

Kenny Dalglish says he can help Liverpool’s misfiring striker Fernando Torres rediscover his confidence and has backed the Spanish ace to get back among the goals soon ahead of Wednesday’s trip to Blackpool (Torres 10/3 to score first).

Torres has this season often looked a pale shadow of the player that has scored 62 goals in 98 league games for the Reds since he was brought in from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2007.

He has managed just six goals so far this term and has been criticised for his performances under former boss Roy Hodgson.

However, Dalglish, taking charge of his first league game at Bloomfield Road on Wednesday since being named interim boss last weekend, insists he can get Liverpool’s star striker firing once again.

“He might be lacking a little bit of confidence, but he is still a top goal scorer and someone everybody fears when he crosses the line and goes on to the pitch,” said the boss.

“I’ve got fantastic respect for Fernando, not only as a footballer but also as a person as well. When he signed for the club he really threw himself into learning about the history and the tradition of the club, he really soaked it all up.

“I hope I can help him and I will help him in whatever way I possibly can. But then I would say that about any one of the players at this football club. We will give them as much support as we all possibly can, and not just to Fernando.”

‘King’ Kenny’s return has been widely acclaimed on Merseyside and the former player-manager, who won the league three times when in charge between 1986 and 1991, says he intends to pass on his knowledge of the game to his squad as he tries to get them back to winning ways following successive defeats – at Blackburn last week and then at Manchester United in the FA Cup on Sunday (Liverpool to win 2-0 – 7/1).

“I can pass on advice and I will try and help him in any way, shape or form, but, as I say, it’s the same for all the players,” the Scot added.

“We’ve got to try and help each other. We’ve got to have respect and belief in what we are doing and carry that onto the pitch. We have to continue working as hard as we possibly can to turn things around.”

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