Liverpool so confident

Albert Riera has fired a chilling warning to Liverpool’s title rivals.

The Spanish winger insists the Premier League leaders will get even better with the return of striker Fernando Torres.

Hotshot Torres missed the crunch Christmas period with a hamstring injury but should return early in the New Year.

And Rieira, 26, said: “All wingers, in fact all players, would want to play with Fernando because he is such a good player.

“He’s so important for our team – scoring 33 goals last season. It’s not easy to score that many goals at this level.

“It will be great news for us when he’s fit again and I’m sure we’ll play a lot of times together and form a good understanding.

“I know Fernando well from playing with him some years ago at Under-18 level with Spain.

“We know each other from back then and we can now help each other again here at Liverpool.”

Liverpool have scored 17 goals in their last six matches without Torres.

And Rieira added: “It’s no excuse for us when we don’t have Fernando – we have to use our other strikers.

“We have good attacking players at the club who can come in.

“It is up to us to read their games and adapt to suit each other, whether that be playing balls into their feet, to their head or into space.

“All strikers have different characteristics and movements. You have to read each moment in the game.”

Meanwhile, Reds winger Adam Hammill has returned to Anfield after his loan spell at Blackpool.