"The absence of Torres is bad news for neutrals, but good for us as we have one less problem to deal with on the pitch," said Atletico striker Florent Sinama-Pongolle.
"Having said that, I sincerely wish he was playing, and hopefully he can recover for the return (at Anfield in two weeks time).
"Do I have something to prove? Well for me it's a special game as I spent quite a lot of time there.
"I didn't get many opportunities there, but now I'm happy and settled in Spain."