Torres double downs Chelsea

Fernando Torres found his goalscoring touch at just the right time as two first half strikes were enough for a 2-0 Liverpool victory over Champions Chelsea at Anfield.

League leaders Chelsea were stunned as early as the 11th minute when Torres controlled the ball instantly and placed the ball past Petr Cech.

The Spanish striker then doubled his tally on the stroke of half-time curling in a delightful effort from 18 yards.

Dirk Kuyt could have made it three but Chelsea rallied after the break and Pepe Reina earned his money by saving from Florent Malouda and diverting a Nicolas Anelka effort on to the bar.

But with the backing of a noisy Anfield faithful the Reds held out for a famous victory with which to get their season back on track.

Referee: Howard Webb

Venue: Anfield
Attendance: 44,238

Liverpool scorers: Torres 11, 44
Chelsea scorers:

25 Reina
03 Konchesky
23 Carragher
34 Kelly
37 Skrtel
04 Raul Meireles
08 Gerrard
17 Maxi
21 Lucas
09 Torres
18 Kuyt

41 Hansen,
22 Wilson,
26 Spearing,
28 C Poulsen,
33 Shelvey,
14 Jovanovic,
24 Ngog

01 Cech
02 Ivanovic (Bosingwa 70)
03 A Cole
26 Terry
33 Alex
07 Ramires
12 Mikel
15 Malouda
18 Zhirkov (yellow card) (Sturridge 76)
21 Kalou (Drogba 46)
39 Anelka

22 Turnbull,
17 Bosingwa,
19 Ferreira,
46 McEachran,
11 Drogba,
23 Sturridge,
44 Kakuta

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