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Torres return likely as Reds host West Brom

Fernando Torres now seems almost certain to make his comeback from a hamstring strain in Liverpool's clash with West Brom at Anfield.

LIVERPOOL // Fernando Torres now seems almost certain to make his comeback from a hamstring strain in Liverpool's clash with West Brom at Anfield. The striker has not played since the last international break on Oct 15, missing six matches including Tuesday's Champions League draw with Atletico Madrid, meaning he has missed both matches against his former club. But the Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez and captain Steven Gerrard are confident Torres, 24, will return against the midlands side.

Benitez said: "I believe Torres will be ready for the West Brom game at the weekend. "It all depends on Fernando, he was not happy with his fitness so he did not play against Atletico. "I will talk to the player during the rest of the week to see how he is after each training session. But I will also talk with the physio and the doctor for their view. But how Fernando feels will be the key." And Gerrard, who grabbed the penalty equaliser against Atletico, cannot wait to see Torres back in action.

He said: "Hopefully Fernando will be ready come the weekend, we have missed him. He has been training all week. "We need to take three points against West Brom." * PA Sport