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Torres expects Keane to come good

Football Focus: Torres has faith in Keane

Fernando Torres expects his strike partner Robbie Keane will prove to be a key asset for Liverpool, despite his failure to score this season.

"I know Robbie is going to be a very important player for us," Torres told the BBC's Football Focus.

"Maybe he needs to score his first goal then he'll go on to score a lot more as that's the type of player he is.

"When you arrive you want to score straightaway to relieve the pressure," added Torres of Keane, who cost 20.3m.

If we want to win trophies we will need players like him

Fernando Torres on Robbie Keane
While the Republic of Ireland international scored on his debuts for Wolves and Coventry and was soon among the goals at Inter Milan, Leeds and Tottenham, he has yet to find the net in seven appearances so far for second-placed Liverpool.

But Torres, 24, appreciates Keane's qualities and believes it is only a matter of time before he repays manager Rafael Benitez's faith.

"He is just waiting and wanting to score that first goal and he is a great player to have in the dressing room," said Torres.

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Torres is hoping he can form a potent partnership up front with Keane, as the Spaniard seeks to improve on his 24-goal Premier League tally last term - a record for a foreign player in a debut season.

"I know Robbie from watching him back when I was at Atletico (Madrid), so if we want to win trophies we will need players like him," added the Spain international, who has scored once in six outings this season.

Keane scored 80 goals in 197 appearances for Tottenham.

Watch Football Focus every Saturday, 1210 BST on BBC One and the BBC Sport website.


see also
Saturday's show
18 Sep 08 |  Football Focus
Keane to open Liverpool account
12 Sep 08 |  Premier League
Robbie Keane targeted by burglars
09 Sep 08 |  Merseyside
Lee Dixon's tactical view
01 Sep 08 |  Premier League
Keane happy with Liverpool's form
25 Aug 08 |  Liverpool
Keane delight at Liverpool switch
29 Jul 08 |  Liverpool
Liverpool complete Keane transfer
28 Jul 08 |  Liverpool
Torres - the making of a legend
30 Jun 08 |  Euro 2008


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