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Torres: Reds surprised us

Fernando Torres has admitted Chelsea were caught out by Liverpool's tactics during Sunday's Premier League defeat.

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Torres, who joined the Blues from Liverpool last Monday in a £50 million transfer, says his new side were surprised by manager Kenny Dalglish's decision to play with three central defenders - a move the home side never fully got to grips with.

"It was very difficult, Liverpool played a good game, with three at the back," Torres told Chelsea TV. "We were not expecting that and maybe they took advantage of that."

Raul Meireles scored the only goal of the game for the visitors midway through the second half, but Torres believes that a draw would have been the right result in a game of relatively few clear-cut chances. The 26-year-old also remains confident the defeat does not spell the end of the club's title hopes, as some have suggested.

"I think the fair result was the draw. It was unfair to lose that game, but now we are looking forwards to the next game and will keep fighting until the end," he said. "There are a lot of points still to play (for)."

Losing at home to your former club can hardly be considered an ideal debut, but Torres maintained that he will still cherish certain memories from the game and believes he still has a lot to look forward to at Stamford Bridge.

"Obviously everyone wants to win, especially if it is their first game at home, but I will still have very good memories about my reception here and want to thank all of the Chelsea fans for that nice reception," Torres said. "The result was not the best, but we have to keep going and fighting until the end."

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