Hodgson Targets Striker After Torres Goal Gives Liverpool First League Win

Fernando Torres scored his first goal of the season to give Liverpool a 1-0 Premier League win against West Bromwich Albion, while Manchester City lost 1-0 at Sunderland on an injury-time penalty.

Torres’s 65th-minute goal at Anfield yesterday secured Liverpool’s first league win of the English soccer season, lifting the Reds to 13th in the 20-team standings.

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson said after the victory that he hopes to sign another striker before tomorrow’s transfer deadline. Midfielder Raul Meireles joined two days ago from Porto and the club is close to completing a deal to sign Fulham defender Paul Konchesky, Hodgson said.

“We’d like another striker, we’ve said that all along and there’s no point me denying it,” Hodgson told reporters. “But we still haven’t found the right man and time is running out.”

Torres volleyed into the net from the edge of the penalty area for his first league goal since March after receiving a pass from Dirk Kuyt. It was his 50th goal for the club at Anfield in all competitions.

West Brom finished the game with 10 men after James Morrison was red-carded for a foul on Torres.

Darren Bent’s penalty at the Stadium of Light sent Manchester City to its first defeat of the campaign. Elsewhere, 10-man Bolton drew 2-2 against Birmingham City, while Aston Villa beat Everton 1-0.

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Torres scored his first goal of the season to give Liverpool a 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion.

Bent scored in the fourth minute of injury time after being brought down by Micah Richards. It was the first goal allowed this season by City, which spent about 130 million pounds ($202 million) on new players in the offseason.

Tevez Miss

For City, Carlos Tevez fired over an open goal in the first half, while Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet made a save late in the match to deny Emmanuel Adebayor.

“Football can be very strange,” City manager Roberto Mancini said in comments posted on his team’s website. “We played some fantastic football in the first half, we had three or four real chances but if you don’t take your chances sometimes it can happen that you lose like this.”

Bolton rallied from two goals down to draw against Birmingham City at the Reebok Stadium.

Bolton goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen was red-carded after 37 minutes with his team already trailing Roger Johnson’s goal. Craig Gardner then doubled Birmingham’s advantage before Kevin Davies, with a penalty, and Robbie Blake earned Bolton a point.

Aston Villa moved up to fourth as it beat Everton. Luke Young fired past goalkeeper Tim Howard with a left-foot shot in the 10th minute at Villa Park after being set up by Ashley Young.

Two days ago, defending champion Chelsea beat Stoke 2-0, Manchester United defeated West Ham 3-0, Arsenal won 2-1 at Blackburn and Wigan beat Tottenham 1-0. Blackpool and Fulham tied 2-2, while Wolverhampton Wanderers and Newcastle drew 1-1.

Chelsea tops the standings with the maximum nine points from three games, with Arsenal and Manchester United on seven points. Villa has six points.

Premier League action resumes Sept. 11 after breaking off for international matches.

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