Atletico Madrid's dressing room is celebrating the absence of Liverpool striker Fernando Torres for their Champions League clash this week.

"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."