Torres concluded a disinterested performance by storming down the tunnel after being replaced by Daniel Sturridge with 10 minutes left.
"Ryan was excellent. You know what you're going to get from him, a consistent level of performance," Hughes said.
"He's gone up against a striker of world renown and really dominated him. Given the week that's he had it's really credit to him.
"I didn't see that part of it (Torres storming down the tunnel) but maybe he was frustrated because he was finding it very difficult to have an impact on the game and that's credit to Ryan.
"Torres is a good player and he'll have better days than he did yesterday, but that was credit to my centre-half.
"I knew what I was getting with Ryan. He's 34 and the only shame is he's not 24 - though possibly he wouldn't be playing for us if he was!"