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Fernando Torres scored twice against Chelsea earlier in the season as Liverpool ran out 2-0 winners © Getty Images
Carlo Ancelotti is preparing to throw Fernando Torres straight into the firing line by handing him a start in Sunday's clash with Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.
Torres, who joined Chelsea for £50m on deadline day, has needled former club Liverpool by claiming it is his "destiny" to score against them.
And it seems Torres will be given every opportunity to heap misery onto the Reds, with Ancelotti hinting that he will be in the starting XI - providing he proves his fitness.
"Torres can play in every team because he has fantastic ability," Ancelotti said. "With his quality he will have no problem settling in our team.
"Tomorrow and the next day we will test him, and if he has no problem, he can play on Sunday against Liverpool. I do not think he has problems with fitness because he played the last game with Liverpool."
Ancelotti has confirmed that Chelsea are set to change their shape to 4-4-2 in order to accommodate Didier Drogba and Torres, throwing Nicolas Anelka's future at the club into fresh doubt.
"Torres will have no problem playing with Drogba or another striker. Maybe we will have two strikers together - it is not a problem. It doesn't change a lot. With a diamond in midfield our shape doesn't change too much."
Andy Carroll, Liverpool's £35m replacement for Torres, will not be fit for the clash, but Luis Suarez is in line to play some part following a £22.8m switch from Ajax.