Fernando Torres targets debut goal against Liverpool

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Fernando Torres would have no qualms scoring against Liverpool if he makes his Chelsea debut in Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash against the Reds at Stamford Bridge.

By sheer coincidence, this weekend's game could be Torres' first for his new club following his record-breaking £50million move from Anfield last night.

The 26-year-old has not asked to be left out to avoid risking the wrath of his former club's fans, some of whom burned replica shirts bearing his name shortly before his switch to west London was sealed last night.

"It is like destiny," Torres said of the prospect of playing on Sunday.

"It is not perfect for me but we will see what happens and I only have good words about Liverpool. They made me a top player and gave me the chance to play at the top level.

"I will never say anything bad about Liverpool. I have been very happy there, but now the history is different and I am playing for Chelsea.

"If I have the chance to play, I will do my best for Chelsea and hopefully I can score."

Torres' commitment to Liverpool this season was questioned prior to his move and he admitted he had begun thinking about leaving Anfield last summer.

"I felt from last summer that I needed to do a step forward in my career and for my ambition as a footballer," he told Chelsea TV, claiming Chelsea were on another level to his former club.

"I am joining a team that is at the top level. There is not another level after Chelsea.

"I am joining with big names like (John) Terry, (Frank) Lampard, (Didier) Drogba and (Nicolas) Anelka and I can be part of this great team."

He added: "Also, I wanted to join because Chelsea always have shown a big respect for me.

"They really want me and it is important when you have the support of the people in the club, and the support of the fans who always showed respect to me when I came to Stamford Bridge and at Anfield.

"Now I am very happy to be a Chelsea player."

Joining Chelsea has transformed Torres from hero to villain in the eyes of Liverpool fans, while it has had the opposite effect on his new club's supporters.

The Spain striker had been the scourge of the Blues, scoring seven goals in just eight appearances against them while at Anfield.

"When I played against Chelsea, there was always a big motivation because it was a special game - it was always one of the biggest games of the season," Torres said.

"I want to say thanks to the Chelsea fans because I have seen them very, very happy with me for joining Chelsea.

"If they are happy as well because I am not going to score any more against them then it is good."

He added: "I have good memories and bad memories of games against Chelsea. All the goals are good memories because all of them are special.

"I have a very bad memory of the semi-final of the Champions League in my first season in England when they beat us and they played the final and not us.

"It was a frustrating day for me but hopefully now I am here we can go through to the final together and win.

"The Champions League is a big ambition and all the footballers want to play in it. It is a very important competition.

"But also Chelsea have the chance every season to win all the trophies that they play for, so when you have the chance to play in a team like this, you cannot say no."