"I have kept working hard at my game and I knew the goals would come," said Torres.
"It has been a difficult start for me this season after a busy summer. But now I have got myself back into form with these two, I hope to go on a run like last season and maybe get more than the 33 I managed then."
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez was not quite so ambitious, admitting: "I would settle for 32 from him! If he does that I will be happy.
"We are playing with confidence and controlled the game. We are top, probably for only a while, but we want to make sure we are at the top for a long time.
"As for the red card, Xabi told me it could have been a lot worse, he felt it was justified."