Fernando Torres comes to the defence of Barcelona’s Luis Suarez

The Atletico Madrid loanee has stated that despite not scoring goals, the Uruguayan is helping the Catalan side

Luis Suarez has failed to replicate his Liverpool form since moving to Barcelona in the summer, with the Uruguayan only scoring two La Liga goals at the Camp Nou club so far.

With the South American star’s superlative antics for the Merseyside outfit now a distant memory, the media in Spain have been quick to criticise Suarez for not being clinical in front of goal.

However, former Liverpool and Chelsea forward Fernando Torres has come to Suarez’s defence.

The Spain international has stated that he has been part of the collective threat Barcelona offer and praised the South American for his recent performance against Atletico Madrid at the Estadio Vicente Calderon.

"He is fundamental. [He does] the dirty work and the work that isn’t dirty. He is a very good player,” Torres is quoted as saying by AS.

"You have to realise that Luis comes from making 50 goals in a team in which he was the one who made the goals. At Barca you have to start to subtract that amount because Messi makes 50 a year. That is normal.

"There is a need to make more goals, he will do it. Against us in the match in the Calderon, that damage that was done to us was done by him.”

Suarez will hope to end a five-game goal drought at San Mames tomorrow night as Barcelona travel to take on Athletic Bilbao in La Liga.

Compared to Suarez’s two league goals, Messi and Neymar have netted a collective 37 goals in La Liga this term.

Barcelona are second in the La Liga table currently, four points adrift of Real Madrid, but will hope that Atletico Madrid can dent the leaders’ form today.

Register for LIVERPOOL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch