Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson defends Fernando Torres
Hodgson sees 'promising signs' at Liverpool
Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson defended Fernando Torres after the striker's subdued performance in the goalless draw at Birmingham.
"Fernando came into the centre on a few occasions and, when he did that, he caused havoc," said Hodgson.
"You've got to give the back four of Birmingham credit. They worked very hard to contain him and pressurise him.
"But he's looking fitter with every game. I thought he looked dangerous and became stronger as the game went on."
Torres is returning to match fitness after a knee injury at the end of last season and a groin problem suffered in the World Cup final in July.
During last week's international break he headed to Argentina with the Spain squad for a friendly, although he did not play.
He scored the winner in Liverpool's league win over West Brom and Hodgson, whose side have managed only two goals in their opening four league games this season, insisted his main striker is showing signs of improvement.
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