Sunday, 6th February 2011 

Liverpool’s Portuguese midfielder Raul Meireles insists his team-mates are focused on securing victory over Chelsea when the two sides meet later today, and not the fact that the club’s former striker Fernando Torres will be part of the Blues line-up.

Torres made the £50M move on transfer deadline day, leaving a bitter taste in the mouths of many Liverpool fans. The arrival of Andy Carroll from Newcastle and Luis Suarez from Ajax went some way towards making up for the loss, but facing Torres so soon after his move could prove a reminder of what has been lost.

"Everybody will speak about Fernando, but the team only think about the game", explained Meireles to the club’s official site. "We’ll work hard to make it a great game."

And the midfielder sounded in positive mood, reflecting on Liverpool’s good form and also their win over Chelsea earlier in the season.

"We’re starting to play with more joy and confidence and we’ll work to continue this. We won the first game against Chelsea at Anfield and that felt great, to beat Chelsea 2-0."


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