Barcelona striker Villa defends form of Liverpool ace Torres

Barcelona ace David Villa has jumped to the defence of Liverpool striker Fernando Torres.

Barcelona ace David Villa has jumped to the defence of Liverpool striker Fernando Torres.

Villa insists the squad are oblivious to negative reviews of Liverpool striker Torres' performances so far.

"First of all I haven't really heard any criticism of Fernando and I certainly don't share a view of his performances being lacklustre," said the Barcelona-bound striker.

"Perhaps he hasn't scored a goal but he's done spectacular work. He really is very happy in the squad, he's made an enormous effort to help this team. Let's remember what state he was in with his knee a month ago.

"He is supporting the team with his play, so I'm very thankful to him and I think his performances have been very good.

"He is doing some excellent work, but forwards are always measured by the goals they score and I'm totally convinced that if he continues working as well as he is, he will score goals."

Villa added: "He had that at the European Championship, he scored goals in the later stages although he hadn't scored many at the beginning.

"He's very happy, he's always with us and he's always going to be contributing very positively to the side."

 
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