Manchester City midfielder David Silva has spoken of his concern about the damage Fernando Torres could do when they face Liverpool.
The top four rivals do battle on Monday at Eastlands, with a result either way bound to give belief to both sides that they can mount a challenge for the Premier League title.
Torres came off the bench in the Reds' Europa League victory over Trabzonspor on Thursday, and looked a threat immediately to demonstrate that he may be ready to start after returning to fitness.
Silva arrived at City from Valencia in a big-money deal to outline the club's credentials as a serious contender
However the Spaniard was fully aware of the danger his World Cup-winning international team-mate possesses.
"I would rather play with Torres than against him," Silva told Sky Sports' Barclays Premier League preview show.
"We all know that Fernando is a very good player. At any moment he can win the match.
"I want to win as it is the first home game. I hope we will start well."