Torrid Debut For Chelsea's Fernando Torres

"We have to give Fernando time to adjust to the shape (of the team). We have to try to fight again for the title. It could happen that United can lose again. Every team can lose." - Carlo Ancelotti, Manager of Chelsea FC
Liverpool's recovery under Kenny Dalglish reached a new high Sunday with a 1-0 victory at Chelsea as former Reds striker Fernando Torres failed to make an impact on his debut for the London club. Chelsea's celebrations at snatching Torres from Anfield for 50 million pounds were muted by Liverpool's Raul Meireles who scored the winning goal. Meireles, who arrived from FC Porto in August, hit a fourth goal in five games in the 69th minute after Steven Gerrard's cross was missed by Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech and defender Branislav Ivanovic.

Torres was limited to just two meaningful goalward efforts during 66 minutes on the pitch, with an early long-range strike going high into the stands and another shot blocked by former teammate Jamie Carragher. Chelsea had hoped to secure a fourth straight league win on Sunday after Torres was signed to reinvigorate its title defense. But the Blues remain fourth - 10 points behind leader Manchester United, who lost for the first time this season at Wolverhampton on Saturday.

"We have to give Fernando time to adjust to the shape (of the team). He has experience, he has confidence, he didn't show problems before the game We have to try to fight again for the title. It could happen that United can lose again. Every team can lose," said Carlo Ancelotti. Chelsea was denied a late penalty when Ivanovic tumbled under Glen Johnson's shoulder-charge. "It was a penalty, but we didn't play well. We were not good enough to win this game. They defended very well and we were not able to find the right space to attack," continued Ancelotti.

While Torres was rushed into action by Ancelotti, his Anfield replacements didn't play at Stamford Bridge. Andy Carroll is still recovering from injury and Dalglish resisted handing a second appearance to unused substitute Luis Suarez, despite the Uruguayan netting Wednesday in a win over Stoke. Dirk Kuyt was handed the lone striking role, supported by Meireles and Gerrard. "Suarez is a fantastic footballer, he got off to a great start, and we're looking forward to him getting in the team on a regular basis. It's correct he gets some time to bed down," Dalglish said.

Carragher's crucial diving block to thwart Torres from Didier Drogba's cross came on the 33-year-old central defender's first appearance since sustaining a shoulder injury on November 28. "It's like getting another player in,'' Dalglish said. "It's great credit to his level of fitness, even at his age. He's not a teenager any more, he won't be feeling as good tomorrow, perhaps, but it was great to have him pushing people into position, talking and encouraging," complimented Dalglish.

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