AC Milan manager Filippo Inzaghi has once again proved his backing to striker Fernando Torres, who has failed to recapture his Liverpool form since the loan move to the Italian outfit.

After three very miserable years at Chelsea, Torres finally decided to bring his spell in the English game to an end. He moved to AC Milan on a two-year loan spell that effectively brought an end to his career at West London. This move was widely anticipated to revive his form, as many expected him to score goals in the same manner as he did when he was a Liverpool player.

The Milan career started promisingly after scoring in one of his first few matches. The goals, however, have dried of late and the forward has scored only two goals in the last 10 appearances. This poor run of form in front of goal is also having an effect on AC Milan. They may have scored 20 goals in the opening 11 league matches, but most of them have come from across the pitch. The club would have been challenged near the top of the table had they found a regular goalscorer in Torres. There has been pressure on Inzaghi to drop the former Liverpool man, but he is retaining his belief for the moment.

"I believe Fernando and his way of working.He's come from a period of being inactive and he needs to regain match fitness. Hopefully the goals will come tomorrow [against Sampdoria],” said the Milan manager. Torres has not scored in more than 400 minutes of action. As a result of the poor form, Milan have slipped an astonishing 11 points behind table leaders Juventus. However, they are only four points off the final Champions League qualification spot, which appears to be a major objective for the club.