Benitez hails terrific Torres

Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez hailed Fernando Torres following his hat-trick against West Ham.

Torres inspired Liverpool to a vital 4-0 win at Anfield to help them move above Everton in the race to finish fourth.

"He is a key player but the same as Gerrard, Carra, Reina he does his job scoring goals," Benitez told Sky Sports.

"He is a good player has confidence and I think he is on fire.

Benitez was pleased with his side's performance as they took advantage of their game in hand over Everton.

"I think the team was really good, a great performance and everything was good," added Benitez. "The stadium full of people on a Wednesday and for supporters it is really good to see Torres scoring goals and Gerrard and the team playing well.

"When you know you have one game in hand everybody can talk about the three points but you need to win and now at least we have three more points and we are very pleased."