Torres thrilled with first Liverpool hat-trick

Fernando Torres was thrilled to grab his first hat-trick for Liverpool in this week's Carling Cup win against Reading.

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"I am really happy and I hope that there will be plenty more goals to come," he told his official website. "My aim is to help my team to do well in all competitions. What I achieved against Reading was special, but it was a team effort and the most important thing is that we are now in the next round of the Cup.

"At the start of the game I could never have imagined that I would score three goals. It was a tough match, with strong marking, but the key to our victory was finding open spaces, and also the quality of the final ball from Leto, Riise and Gerrard.

"If I had to choose a favourite, it would be my second goal of the night, I think that it was the best of the three. For my first goal, I managed to get in front of the defender before sliding the ball across the keeper into the far corner. Riise picked me out in the box for my second, and the credit for the third goal should go to Gerrard, who put me clean through with only the keeper to beat."

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