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Michael Taylor 28th Dec 2010 - 12:25

Torres the pick to make Mick feel sick

You can say what you like about Liverpool's fall from grace, and have doubts over Roy Hodgson's ability to turn things around but what you can't argue with is that Anfield is beginning to resemble a fortress once again.

It hasn't been easy supporting the Reds of late with poor results, damaging boardroom conflicts and injuries tearing their season apart but you couldn't tell from the support the players and manager receive at every home game.

They've won their last three home Premier League games, all convincingly and all to nil, including the brilliant 2-0 defeat of Chelsea that finally brought a smile back to the red side of the Mersey.

Next up for Liverpool is Mick McCarthy's badly struggling Wolves who make the trip on the back of a potentially disastrous 2-1 Boxing Day reverse at home to fellow strugglers Wigan.

The loss saw the Wanderers sink to the bottom of the league staring at a three point gap between them and safety with the possibility of worse to come after Tuesday's Premier League fixtures.

It's fair to say they won't be relishing their big away day, especially since they've failed to win away all season and picked up just a single point out of a possible 24 - I fancy it'll be one point from 27 on Wednesday night - A Liverpool win is 3/1.

I also fancy this could be the night Fernando Torres finally comes back to life.

The Spaniard, by his high standards, has been rubbish this season bar a memorable performance that saw him bag two and sink Chelsea.

His touch has been generally poor, his finishing a shadow of his former self but we all know it's only a matter of time before he returns to the level we expect and Wolves' suspect defence might just be the missing ingredient.

The price might be short at 2/1 to score first or 2/5 to score anytime but I don't think this should be enough to put you off, while some others may see the 2/1 about Torres scoring two or more as the better bet - all look reasonable to me.

You'd have to mad to predict a Liverpool rout, just in case it looked like I was pointing in that direction, given past results this season, however a comfortable stroll it could turn out to be.

They've seen off Aston Villa and West Ham by three goals to nil in their last two Premier League home games, if they can complete a hat-trick of 3-0 scorelines then you'll get paid out at 7/1 while a comprehensive 4-0 gets you 12/1.

The measuring stick has been set at Anfield over recent weeks so hopefully this should give a great insight into events that may unfold here.

Mick McCarthy is likely to instil a fighting passion into his troops and they'll look to get the likes of Matt Jarvis bombing down the wing and Stephen Hunt breaking from midfield, but it could all prove in vein.

The Liverpool defence might lack the monumental presence of Jamie Carragher but in Martin Skrtel and Sotirios Kyrgiakos they have enough quality to withstand any Wolves pressure should it come, plus there's always Pepe Reina to fall back on - that's why a Liverpool clean sheet is my favourite bet at a brilliant looking 4/6.


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