Chelsea striker Fernando Torres hopes to face Liverpool veteran Jamie Carragher.

Carragher this week refused to pander to the shirt-burning brigade by insisting he held no grudge against Torres for jumping ship.

Torres said: "Hopefully I can play, and he can too.

"I would like to play against him because he's a top player.

"I like playing against the best, as I liked to play against (John) Terry and (Rio) Ferdinand.

"I'm expecting a hard game. I know he's a big Liverpool fan. As a footballer, I'm sure he understands my decision.

"Plenty of my ex-team-mates have congratulated me for this move."

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