Torres out to halt Real hex

Liverpool striker Fernando Torres has set his sights on finally breaking his Real Madrid hoodoo ahead of the Reds' Champions League last 16 clash at the Bernabeu.

The nine times European Cup winners clash with the five-times winners in the Spanish capital for their first-leg tie, with El Nino looking to add to the one measley goal he managed in more than a dozen derbies against Real with former club Atletico Madrid.

And with Torres never emerging on the winning side with Atletico at the home of their arch-rivals, the 24-year-old is determined to break his duck with his new club.

"I have no feelings for Real Madrid," he said. "I played for Atletico so know that if Liverpool beat Real, it will make lots of Atletico fans happy as well.

"I couldn't celebrate if I had scored against Atletico. I would have shown respect for my former club where I spent 12 years, the club that helped me become the person I am today.

"But if I score against Real Madrid, I will celebrate for sure. It would be great for me to get my first goals in Europe this season against Madrid.

"I feel confidence is coming back at the right time and I am sure that goals will follow. I'm looking forward to going back to Madrid, playing in a stadium where I've never won and against a great team. And because we're sure we are going to get through.

"I really don't know why I struggled so many times to score against Real. Maybe I tried too hard because I wanted it so much."

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