New-boy Torres reveals Liverpool title aspirations

August 18, 2007

New arrival Fernando Torres has revealed that his Liverpool team-mates have focussed their attention on reclaiming the title after 17 years, rather than repeating their more recent Champions League heroics.

The club's record signing is expected to make his Anfield debut against Chelsea tomorrow in a match which has the potential to set the tone for the Reds' Barclays Premier League campaign.

And the Spain striker has admitted that after two Champions League finals in three years, including one win, Rafael Benitez's men are now ready to dedicate themselves fully to domestic success.

'It's strange - I arrived thinking about the Champions League but, in the team, everyone is thinking about the Premier League,' Torres said in The Sun.

'That's because a lot of them won in Istanbul but haven't won a title. Of course, neither have I.

'The club has gone 17 years without doing it and everyone believes this year could be the one.'

Torres, a £21million signing from Atletico Madrid earlier this summer, admits the clash with Jose Mourinho's Blues has been playing on his mind since he knew he would be swapping Madrid for Merseyside.

He added: 'The match against Chelsea at Anfield is the game that I've been most excited about playing in since I signed for Liverpool.

'It looks like the Champions League matches at Anfield and the big ones in the league like facing Chelsea will be indescribable.'