Liverpool hit by injuries to Torres and Babel

Liverpool's title hopes were a dealt a blow last night with the news that Fernando Torres and Ryan Babel picked up injuries while on international duty.

Torres limped off with a hamstring problem 16 minutes into Spain's qualifier with Belgium and looks likely to miss Saturday's game with Wigan. It also puts into doubt his participation in next Tuesday's Champions League game against Atletico Madrid.

Holland winger Babel played only 26 minutes of his team's 1-0 over Norway, but the nature of his injury hasn't been disclosed and he may be fit for Saturday. The loss of Torres and Babel at this stage would be a hammer blow to Liverpool's excellent start to the season.

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