London, Sep 18 (ANI): Europe's No.1 striker Fernando Torres has insisted that he will beat the bullies who have subjected him to the most vicious of attention this season.
The Liverpool striker has paid a heavy price for being ranked the number one striker in Europe, and has taken as many black eyes as he has scored goals in the Premier League so far.
He said that he has come to terms with his status as the most marked man in Europe, and now wants to learn how to overcome it by scoring even more goals.
"Yes, another week, another black eye for me. The latest one I got with the national team, not in England, but football is like this. This type of thing happens," The Mirror quoted Torres, as saying.
"I have to learn, I have to adapt and protect myself because I think I understand now the referees don't have to protect just three or four players, they have to protect all of them. England is a physical league and we have to learn and try to be safe.
"Of course, it gets harder for me, because I am targeted, but half-way through my first season, the defenders knew me as well. I cannot use that as an excuse. I have to be ready. I have to be aware of defenders paying more attention to me, and I have to improve and try to be stronger and better," he added.
The Spanish star admitted that in the past it has bothered him, but after a heart to heart with manager Rafa Benitez, he has decided to let his feet do the talking.
"If you get frustrated then you cannot win the game. I know for the good of the team I have to be aware and beat the defenders. That is my job," he said. (ANI)