Liverpool striker Fernando Torres is confident his side will overcome Real Madrid in their Champions League last 16 clash.
Torres faced European heartbreak last season as Liverpool were knocked out in the semi-finals by Chelsea. The Reds are unbeaten in this year's competition but now face a tricky test against the reigning La Liga champions.
"I don't like talking about a possible favourite, but I am sure that we are going to qualify for the next round," he wrote on his personal site www.fernando9torres.com.
"We all realise that it is going to be a tough tie against Real Madrid."
However, the former Atletico Madrid player admitted he has not had much luck against the Spanish giants previously.
He said: "When I was playing my football in Spain, I used to score a lot against Barcelona, but found it harder when playing versus Real Madrid."
Torres also looked back on a fantastic first season for Liverpool and is hoping for more of the same in the new year.
"I'm a bit sad to be coming to the end of this year," he wrote.
"The first nine months were unbelievable and at the end, even though I could not play regularly because of injury, there was recognition in the form of awards and nominations, like the PFA's, L'Equipe and being a finalist in the FIFA World Player award.
"I have said before that this has been my best year as a professional footballer."
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