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Fernando Torres looking to surpass Didier Drogba as world's top striker
Published : 06 Apr 2009 20:02:48
Torres spoke on Monday of vowing to himself that Spain's European Championship triumph in Austria and Switzerland would be the beginning of a glut of trophies at club and international level. "I made a promise that I wanted more of this success with Liverpool," he said. Related ArticlesLampard delighted with Anfield 'rehearsal'Terry 'dreading' trip to AnfieldPaper View: Chelsea fans vent their furyMalouda set on Chelsea as Robben nears exitSergio Aguero to snub Manchester City and join Real MadridChelsea to target Liverpools Fernando Torres with record £40 million bid"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. It does not come any bigger than the European Cup. This club has a great record and I want to be part of that history." That history in recent years has been intricately intertwined with Chelsea's. Champions League semi-final victories in 2005 and 2007, two group stage draws in 2006 and the pain of last year's defeat to Avram Grant's side give Liverpool the aggregate edge. Victories home and away in the League this season make Rafa Benitez's men slight favourites to progress from their quarter-final clash. But their task has been made infinitely more difficult by the return to fitness and form of their bête noire in recent years, Didier Drogba. The Ivorian has scored only five goals in 16 games against Liverpool since arriving from Marseille in 2004, but the Anfield side have often found themselves on the wrong end of some of his most iconic moments. Among them were the stunning, swivelling shot that left keeper Reina grasping at thin air in 2006 and the double strike which sent Chelsea to Moscow at the semi-final stage of the Champions League last season. That is the bar by which Torres must judge himself when arguably the two best No 9's in the world come face to face on Wednesday night after Drogba completed a full training session on Monday and was reported to be "looking good." Reina said: "To be honest, he's one of my favourite players. When people ask me who was the most dangerous striker, or the most difficult to play against, I always say Drogba. "He's becoming stronger and stronger. He's had some injury problems in the last few months but now he's scoring goals. "When we play them in whatever competition, it is the smaller things that can make a big difference. We both feel we can win. They did it last year and it was painful for us, but we did it twice in the League this season. "But Torres will make a big difference for us. He's one of the best strikers in the world at the moment, if not the best." Yossi Benayoun, Liverpool's last-gasp hero at Fulham on Saturday, is likely to start on the bench at Anfield on Wednesday, while Benitez must cope without the suspended Javier Mascherano. That will give Brazilian midfielder Lucas the chance to prove he belongs at the very highest level. Lucas said: "Sometimes I am on the bench, but I'm determined to prove that I have the quality to be in the team."