Fernando Torres returns to former club Liverpool later today for only the second time, and believes our midweek triumph at Fulham will count for very little if we don’t secure a positive result at Anfield.
The Blues won 3-0 at Craven Cottage on Wednesday, our first away victory in the Barclays Premier League since January, and we will be looking to make it back-to-back successes on our travels against Brendan Rodgers’ side.
‘It’s a big game for the club because we have to win,’ Torres tells the official Chelsea website. ‘From now until the end of the season we have to win every game.
‘This weekend, some of the teams who are fighting to get into the Champions League are playing each other, which makes it even more important to get the three points.
‘The victory at Fulham only counts if we win at Liverpool, otherwise it’s a case of one step forward and two steps back, which isn’t good, especially at this stage of the season.
‘It’s important we build on the win against Fulham when we play Liverpool, if we do that it will give us confidence going into the Basel game in the Europa League and everything will be easier.’
Torres is not the only player who may face his previous club today. Daniel Sturridge completed a switch from west London to Merseyside during the January transfer window.
‘We know him well and how good he can be,’ stresses the Spaniard. ‘We’ve trained and played with him for a few years so we know what he can do.
‘We have an idea of how to control him but it won’t be easy because he’s the kind of player who can do something different every time.
‘It’s not my first time going back to Anfield so it won’t surprise me, I know what to expect,’ he adds. ‘I think it’s going to be an exciting game so we will see what happens.’
Torres has 19 goals to his name this campaign. Important strikes in the Europa League games against Rubin Kazan, coupled with an impressive cameo as a late substitute in the FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City, indicate he heads into today’s game in a good run of form, and the 29-year-old feels the arrival of Demba Ba has been a positive for both players.
‘As everybody knows, players want to play in every game, but it depends on the manager and what he decides,’ says Torres.
‘We have to accept his decisions but it’s important to have competition, it’s good for the team and makes everybody improve.’
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