Messi fears 'special' Torres

Barca playmaker admires Spanish striker

Messi: Admires Prem talent

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Barcelona star Lionel Messi feels that Fernando Torres has the ability to worry any club in Europe.

The Liverpool striker has been an instant hit in England following his summer switch from Atletico Madrid, and his weekend winner against Reading took his tally for the season to 27 goals in 36 games.

Argentinean forward Messi, who could yet come face-to-face with Torres in the UEFA Champions League final, admits that the Spanish hit man is one of the players he most admires from the four remaining Premier League clubs left in Europe.

"Manchester United are very good and Cristiano Ronaldo is a great player who I watch a lot," Messi said.

"The other top English teams - Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool - are capable of success too, because they have special players like Cesc Fabregas, Didier Drogba and Fernando Torres.

"The best Premier League clubs also have the experience of doing well in the Champions League."

Lucas support

Meanwhile, Torres' club team-mate Lucas Leiva has defended the rotation policy favoured by Rafael Benitez's as he feels that it has helped him to settle with the Reds following his arrival from Brazilian side Gremio.

"I must admit I suffered a bit when I first came to England," Lucas told the Liverpool Daily Post.

"But then I realised that there was nothing to be intimidated by, everybody had two legs, we were all equal.

"I managed to get over this when I realised what I had already achieved. I had done big things like being selected for Brazil. Now, I have settled in and everyone has treated me well since I arrived.

"The manager, Rafa Benitez, has a philosophy whereby he likes to rotate, sometimes four players from game to game. And this has worked to my advantage."