Carragher: Liverpool's Torres can decide Premiership title

Jamie Carragher says red-hot Liverpool striker Fernando Torres will blow the Premiership title race wide open in the coming weeks.

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An absentee against Chelsea and Everton, he hobbled off before half-time in the 1-1 Anfield draw with Arsenal.

Though he played in the 1-0 home defeat by Manchester United, Carragher insists it was not the real Torres that day and he senses a few acclaimed defences may be left wondering what hit them in the weeks ahead.

Carragher said: "We didn't make the most of him against United and he hasn't really played against the others.

"I'm sure they all watch Match of the Day and see the damage he causes every week. They'll be well aware of him but, of course, it's different when you're actually out there in the middle.

"He'll be up against top defenders but just as they'll relish showing what they can do, so will he.

"He's on fire at the moment and has to be the stand-out striker in Europe. He seems to have the lot. His goal today probably wasn't the sort you'd expect from a pacy striker but I was right behind him and it was some header.

"It has been a long time since Robbie got 20 in the League and for Fernando to be the first to do it since then shows how special he is.

"If you're going to win trophies you have to win the big games against big teams and that's what we face now. United, Everton and three against Arsenal is an absolutely massive sequence and the sort of challenge you play the game for. If we win most of them it can still be a fantastic season. If not, it will be doom and gloom again.

"That's what we're up against but I'm relishing it."

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