Pepe ready to stop Torres

The Portugal international is confident he can manage to keep Torres quiet during the game.

Pepe told Marca: “It will be an interesting test. I am hopeful that if we speak a lot with Fabio [Cannavaro] and organise the defence we will be able to block Fernando Torres.

“He is above average. Torres is a complete footballer. He is quick and very strong at one-on-ones.

“I must remain ultra-concentrated and always try to think a second before Torres to intercept as many balls as I can.”

He added: “I am expecting a very defensive Liverpool team. As far as we are concerned, we must remain focused on not giving the ball away, put the pressure on their defence and not leave them any space because they are talented footballers.”