Torres is still searching for top form after a series of injury problems - but the man whose No.9 shirt Torres now wears saw signs of improvement against Manchester United.
"It takes time to get back up to the top level after a long period of injury, and he's had more than his fair share in recent times," Fowler, now of Perth Glory, told liverpoolfc.tv.
"Even just a fraction of a percentage makes a massive difference at his level, and in a couple of weeks he'll probably look a different man again.
"When he's at the top of his game then his touch and pace are a deadly combination, but it's probably not quite there yet as he's still coming back from a series of injuries that can affect that first explosive moment on the ball.
"You can never question his contribution to the team, because he is prepared to put in a shift up front on his own against some of the best - and toughest - defenders in the world, and believe me that's not easy.
"I watched with interest as Liverpool failed to find him in the first half at United, and the results were obvious. In the second though, their tactics changed, and suddenly he created two goals. That showed he is not as far away as people are making out.
"Give him the ball and he will get results, which was evident after the break at Old Trafford."