Curtis Davies has hailed Fernando Torres as "one of the best strikers in the world" and warned that Aston Villa will have to be at their best to contain the Liverpool star in Monday's Barclays Premier League clash at Anfield.
Central defender Davies is looking for Villa to erase the memory of last season's 5-0 drubbing in the corresponding fixture, and bounce back quickly from Thursdaynight's single goal reversal by Rapid Vienna in the Europa League first leg qualifier.
"We play against top players every week but they don't get any bigger than Torres," said Davies. "We'll have to be on our game and hopefully it'll be more like the scoreline of two years ago than of last season."
Davies is battling to overcome a shoulder injury in time to face the Reds, but is aware whoever is in action faces a demanding test of their abilities if they are to shackle Torres.
The former West Brom skipper said: "You can't have special plans for a player like Torres because he's one of the best strikers in the world.
"If you make a plan for him he'll do something different. He's that good a player. Last year we didn't do well against Liverpool - but at least he was quiet - and the year before we did well when we drew 2-2."
Davies is aware of the need for Villa to chalk up their first win of the campaign after being being beaten at home by Wigan in the opening league encounter last weekend, when they were booed off the pitch.
But the former England Under-21 player knows the doom and gloom can be quickly lifted with a couple of positive results.
He said: "It's very important to get our first points on the board because Fulham at home the Sunday after next will be a tough game as well.
"If we can get a point against Liverpool, and go into the return with Rapid Vienna and Fulham game positively, then we can hopefully go into the international break with a decent standing in the table."
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