Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has targeted former teammate Fernando Torres as a major threat when the Reds take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Skrtel will return to the Reds line-up for the trip to West London after being rested for Thursday’s Europa League defeat at Anzhi in Russia.
And the Slovakian international defender believes priority must be to stop Torres, who moved from Anfield to the Bridge in 2011, from scoring.
“Now he is playing for Chelsea and if I play I will be marking him,” Skrtel told Liverpool’s official website.
“It’s going to be special but we have to look after him because even if he isn’t scoring goals at the moment he is still one of the best strikers in the world and still dangerous.
“We have to keep our eye on him for 90 minutes and not let him score.
“I haven’t seen Chelsea play too many times this season but from what I’ve heard his performances are better than last season.
“It’s going to be hard playing against him but I believe in my qualities and the quality of our team and I believe we won’t let him score.”
Skrtel was asked whether he would like to score himself, or stop Torres from fidning the back of the net.
“Definitely stop Fernando scoring a goal because as a defender the main job on the pitch is to stop the striker scoring and try to keep a clean sheet,” he addeed.
“I always look forward to every single game I can play for this club. These big games are special and Sunday will be special.”
Chelsea vs Liverpool gets underway at 4pm at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, 11th November 2012.