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Fans let down by Torres no-show in drab Liverpool draw

Former Liverpool star Alan Kennedy feels that Roy Hodgson let the fans down by going against his promise of starting Fernando Torres in Wednesday night's Europa League clash with FC Utrecht.

Hodgson said prior to the match that the Spaniard would be given plenty of game time in a bid to get him back to full confidence but decided not to play him at all.

And Kennedy feels the 40,000-strong crowd at Anfield, which was made up of a lot of youngsters due to the free entry the club put on, was let down.

The fans were certainly excited when they read in the papers that Roy said Fernando was going to start," he said. "That was in the papers on the day of the game that Fernando would be playing," he said.

"Some of the fans might have been influenced to come to the game because of that and it was a chance to see him play.

"I thought watching the game that the longer it went on, Fernando could have done with coming on.

"Let's be fair to the manager and he wanted to keep faith with the players he had used in the other Europa League games and Ryan Babel has been doing all right up front.

"But, yes, when we need goals, then we all want to see Fernando on the pitch if we are being a little bit selfish."

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