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Liverpool look to dynamic duo

sports Updated: Apr 07, 2009 23:36 IST

Liverpool will pin their hopes on Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres to penetrate the Premier League’s tightest defence in Wednesday’s Champions League quarterfinal first leg against Chelsea.

The Anfield clash will be the ninth in the two clubs’ five-season Champions League series. None of the previous eight has been decided by a margin of more than one goal.

However, Torres and Gerrard have developed a wonderful partnership that makes Liverpool a match for any team in Europe as the side demonstrated scoring four goals against Real Madrid and Manchester United last month.

Gerrard has already scored a remarkable 21 goals this season and Torres 11 and each has had a hand in many of the other’s goals.

Gerrard’s dynamic, forceful runs have been at the heart of Liverpool for years but, with the thoughtful running and magical touch of Torres in front of him, the midfielder has reminded everyone that he is also a master of the telling through ball.

Chelsea’s Frank Lampard is matching Gerrard and is not far behind on the goals front with 16. He got one of those in another man-of-the-match performance in Saturday’s 2-0 win at Newcastle United when Chelsea took the sting out of the crowd excited by the return of Alan Shearer.

Chelsea’s Frank Lampard is matching Gerrard and is not far behind on the goals front with 16. He got one of those in another man-of-the-match performance in Saturday’s 2-0 win at Newcastle United when Chelsea took the sting out of the crowd excited by the return of Alan Shearer.

Drogba doubtful

Striker Didier Drogba missed the Newcastle game with an ankle injury and coach Guus Hiddink said he will delay a decision on the Ivorian for as long as possible.

If he does play Drogba should expect a sympathetic welcome from the Liverpool fans who are preparing to mark the 20th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster on April 15 - a day after the second leg of the quarter-final.

Drogba and Chelsea team mate Salomon Kalou were involved in last week’s World Cup qualifier against Malawi in Abidjan when the collapse of a stadium wall caused the death of 19 fans.