Torres issues form warning

Image: Torres: Close to full fitness

Liverpool striker Fernando Torres has warned the rest of the Premier League he is edging closer to his top form.

Striker dreams of scoring against United

Liverpool striker Fernando Torres has warned the rest of the Premier League he is edging closer to his top form. Torres, who enjoyed a fantastic debut season at Anfield last term scoring 33 goals in all competitions, had a slow start to this term by his own high expectations, scoring only once in the club's opening five Premier League games. The 24-year-old has shown he is almost back to his brilliant best with a brace in each of his side's last two games at Everton and Manchester City and says there is more to come. Torres believes he has been playing catch-up due to Spain's involvement at Euro 2008 where he helped them win the tournament with the only goal against Germany in the final. "Me and the other players from the Euros started back in pre-season later than everyone else, and as a result weren't in the best physical shape," said Torres. "Last year was very long for me. I played nearly 50 games with Liverpool and then went straight to the Euros. But I'm getting better each day and I'll soon be 100 per cent again."


Torres is also hoping to build on his success with Spain by helping Liverpool win some silverware this season. He added: "It was a great experience and the first big honour I've won. Now I know how it feels to win something like that, it makes me even hungrier to win trophies with Liverpool. "I came here for that reason and hope this season will be better than last year. "I believe we can win the Premier League or the Champions League. If we did that, it would be fantastic. We have started well, so there is optimism. "But I'd be happy with just 20 goals if we won the Premier League or Champions League." Torres also revealed he dreams of scoring against Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League final. The former Atletico Madrid man has yet to find the net against Liverpool's biggest rivals and he knows scoring against them would further endear him to the Anfield faithful. Torres missed Liverpool's win over United last month and he is determined to get one over on the Old Trafford outfit.
"Every player wants to score against their biggest rivals. It matters so much to the fans and I know it would mean even more to ours if I scored against Manchester United," he said. "Unfortunately I didn't get the chance this season. But I'm hoping I'll have an opportunity to do so at Old Trafford after Christmas, or maybe in the cup - or best of all the Champions League final. "It was a little unusual for me watching the recent game against United but we won, and the most important thing was the fact we proved how strong the squad is."

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