United no problem, insists Torres
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Fernando Torres insists Liverpool have nothing to fear from the likes of Premier League title rivals Manchester United and Chelsea.
The Spain superstar believes it is the games against the so-called 'lesser' teams that Rafa Benitez's men have to prove they have they are genuine contenders for the crown.
The Merseysiders completed a Premier League double over United and Chelsea last season but still finished four points behind their fiercest rivals down the East Lancs Road and star striker Torres blamed the draws at home to the likes of Stoke, Fulham, West Ham and Hull as the fixtures that ultimately cost them the title.
"We have no problem beating Manchester United or Chelsea but it is games like Sunday's at Tottenham where we need to show our real title intentions," the Spaniard said.
Liverpool begin life without influential midfielder Xabi Alonso away to Tottenham on Sunday and Torres claims it is crucial his team-mates get off to a flyer.
He added: "Tottenham is not an easy place to go but these are games we must be winning if this is to finally be our year."
Liverpool lost 2-1 in the corresponding fixture at White Hart Lane last season and punters considering their free bet may fancy an opening-day upset given that manager Harry Redknapp has brought in Peter Crouch, who could start alongside another former Liverpool striker, captain Robbie Keane.