Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson believes there is reason to for optimism after watching Fernando Torres put in an improved performance during the Merseysiders' 3-2 loss at rivals Manchester United on Sunday.
The Spain World Cup winner has struggled to regain form after a number of troublesome injuries, but the former Fulham boss is confident he is beginning to come good.
Liverpool were undone by Dimitar Berbatov's hat-trick, but the Reds showed resilience as they tied things up after falling 2-0 behind.
Steven Gerrard scored from the spot after Torres was chopped down by Jonny Evans and the England captain curled a free-kick through the wall to restore parity before Berbatov's late intervention.
Despite the setback, Hodgson was pleased with the second-half performance.
"It was a lot better, there's no doubt about that," he said.
"Fernando is still a player who needs more games and needs more time and more training. We will get a lot of tremendous use out of him over the course of the year.
"I think he was a lot better than the game against Birmingham, but I don't think he's firing on all cylinders.
"Having said that, we are playing against a very good team in Manchester United who don't surrender the ball to you that often.
"I thought our second-half performance was good and I think we deserved to get back in the game.
"I thought we were a bit unlucky to go 2-0 down when we did and, of course, to concede late on is always tough.
"The three goals were from crosses – one a corner kick – and there is disappointment in that, but otherwise I thought we made a really good effort in the second half to bring us back in the game."