Torres: Forget the title race, Liverpool's dream is to win the Champions League
06 April 2009 10:46
Fernando Torres has told arch rivals Manchester United that the Champions League means more to Liverpool than the bitter title race.
The two giants are involved in a dramatic scrap as the battle at the top of the Barclays Premier League reaches boiling point.
United leapfrogged Liverpool to regain pole position after Federico Macheda's sensational last-gasp goal in the 3-2 victory over Aston Villa yesterday.
Torres' side are chasing their first title since 1990 but the Spanish hitman insists their main aim is to grab European glory.
'Domestic titles are very important but to win the Champions League you are saying we are the best team in Europe,' he said. 'This club has a great record in the European Cup but now I want to be a part of that history.
'Winning the European Championship was a great thing for me and I understood what it was to win a major trophy and what I had been missing.
'On the way home from the European Championship I made a promise that I wanted more of this success with Liverpool and it does not come any bigger than the European Cup.
'Liverpool, who take on English rivals Chelsea in the quarter-final first leg on Wednesday, are desperate to reach their third final in five years.
And Torres reckons they are capable of glory with inspirationals skipper Steven Gerrard at the helm.
'Stevie has been getting a lot of praise from some of the best players in the world,' he said.
'That is quite right because I think he is the best in the world. He is a great team player but he can also win a game on his own when maybe we are not playing so well.
'I would love to see him have a lot more success. I cannot think of a player I would rather be playing with. 'We know it is not going to be easy against Chelsea on Wednesday but both Stevie and I are happy with our form.'
Torres has also revealed that he has no intention of quitting Liverpool.
'I have said many times the only club I would leave Atletico for was Liverpool, and nothing has changed there,' he said.
'They are the only two clubs that are in my heart. I have supported Liverpool since I was a boy and I intend on staying here a very long time.'