Two for Torres as Reds crush Rovers

Fernando Torres scored twice and Daniel Agger and David Ngog were also on target as Liverpool cruised to a 4-0 Premier League win over a feeble Blackburn Rovers on an emotional occasion at Anfield on Saturday. The win took Liverpool back to the top of the standings on 70 points. The Anfield game was preceded by a minute's silence for the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster, which took place 20 years ago next Wednesday, and Blackburn's former Liverpool defender Stephen Warnock laid a wreath in front of The Kop. After the nail-biting drama of last week when Yossi Benayoun scored in stoppage time to beat Fulham 1-0, Saturday's match was a stroll in the spring sunshine for Liverpool, who had been rocked by their midweek 3-1 Champions League defeat by Chelsea. They took the lead spectacularly after five minutes when Jamie Carragher lofted a long ball into the box and Torres chested it down before hooking a fierce shot across the goal and into the top corner. Torres, Javier Mascherano and Dirk Kuyt, brilliantly denied by goalkeeper Paul Robinson, should all have scored before the Spaniard did so again in the 33rd minute when he leapt well to head in from a Xabi Alonso free kick. Blackburn, hard-hit by injuries, barely threatened and Liverpool strolled through the second half. Steven Gerrard, nursing a groin strain, was on the bench but Rafa Benitez was able to keep him there to ensure his availability for Tuesday's Champions League return with Chelsea. The game ended with a flurry of action as Agger unleashed a typical 25-metre shot that flew past Robinson with seven minutes remaining and Ngog came off the bench to nod the fourth in the last minute. "It's very positive, we needed to play well and score goals," Benitez told Sky Sports. "We didn't concede and I'm pleased we scored four but it should have been even better as we missed chances in both halves." LIVERPOOL FANS! Check’s ever-expanding interviews archive for more stuff to read: Web Exclusives Ian Rush, Craig Johnston Q&A Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres One on One Michael Owen, Nicolas Anelka, Kevin Keegan Boy's A Bit Special Danny Guthrie Ask A Silly Question John Barnes, Peter Crouch, Luis Garcia, John Aldridge Perfect XI Jamie Carragher What Happened Next? Julian Dicks And Another Thing Being a Big Four fan Plus! Rate Liverpool players (and others) on Talentspotter