Tuesday, February 10, 2009


Fernando Torres is confident Liverpool can recapture the form that saw them end 2008 at the top the Barclays Premier League.
The Reds endured a difficult run in January and saw Manchester United assume pole position following a run of three straight league draws.

However, wins against Chelsea and Portsmouth have reinvigorated Liverpool's challenge and El Nino believes they can go on to emulate the impressive results they achieved during the earlier months of the campaign.

"If we play as well in the second half of the season as the first then we have more chance of winning the league," he said.

"But let them (Manchester United) carry the favourites burden; let them have the pressure."

With Liverpool mounting their most realistic title challenge in years Torres is convinced that the Barclays Premier League isn't the only trophy they can win.

He feels their reputation as one of Europe's most feared sides is reason enough to suggest they could go all the way to the final in Rome and would love to meet his former employers in what would be a fairytale climax to his season.

"We're very difficult to face over two games, no-one likes playing us," he said. "We have a coach who plans games perfectly and we're dangerous."

He added: "I'd love to play Atletico. In Rome, anywhere. I'd love another chance to play in the Calderon."

The Reds number nine is currently back in his homeland preparing for Spain's friendly with England on Wednesday night.

He admits he is eager to be involved against Fabio Capello's men and is hopeful the reigning Euro 2008 winners can maintain their unbeaten run.

"I'm ready and available to play when (Spain coach) Vicente Del Bosque sees fit," he said.

"When the time comes for the team being named, everyone wants to play.

"It's special, for the opponents, and fundamental - more so after winning the European Championships, which means this team has the obligation to win every game," Torres added.

"They come in unbeaten (in World Cup qualifiers) as we do, and he (Capello) has to take a lot of credit for this."

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