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Ferran Torres believes Manchester City have what it takes to grab back the Premier League title from Liverpool. City were left trailing in the Merseysiders’ wake last season, finishing 18 points down on Jurgen Klopp’s title-winners.

But after training with his new team-mates, Torres is convinced they can bring the title back to the Etihad at the first attempt.

“Liverpool are a really strong team and they have proved it in the last years but at the same time I think we have a squad to win back the Premier League,” he said.

“We have a group of players ready to compete against any opponent and we are able to do great things in the Champions League.

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“There are fantastic players but maybe the figure of [Kevin] De Bruyne. He’s one of the leaders of this team and probably one of the players that have impressed me the most. He’s a world-class player.”

Torres insisted he will not be overawed playing with some of the bigger names at City, vowing to “do my job and rival them”.

But he maintained Pep Guardiola’s side look ready to hit the ground running.

He added: “The team is ready to win every game and I see the group that can’t wait to kick the ball again.”

City had been linked with Lionel Messi this summer but the Argentine playmaker will remain with Barcelona for at least another yet.

Yet that does not faze Torres, who knows all about Messi having come up against the 33-year-old on multiple occasions while playing for Valencia.

“I think we have a fantastic team beyond Messi,” the attacker said.

“We have a group of players ready to compete against any opponent and we are able to do great things in the Champions League. About the potential arrival of Messi, it is not my job to make any comments about that.”

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Torres also says he is ready for the challenge of following David Silva’s footsteps into the hearts of City fans.

The Spain international, 20, has trodden the same path from Valencia as the man who used to be on a poster on his bedroom wall.

And the £21million signing has chosen the same 21 shirt number made famous by his countryman in a decade of glory at the club.

“It was a huge honour for me when the club told me I could choose the 21 shirt. Just for what it means here,” said the winger.

“I will try to give my best and be a part of the history of this club.

“Speaking about reaching what David Silva did in Manchester are very strong words, but obviously it’s an honour to inherit his number.

“He has always been a role model for me since I was a kid. When I arrived at Valencia CF he was a key part of the first team, alongside the likes of David Villa and Juan Mata.

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“And he’s been a reference for me and I’ll try to follow his steps in this club.”

City beat off interest from other Premier League clubs to sign Torres after a breakthrough season for Valencia and national call-ups to the Spain side this summer.

The wide-man, who played predominantly on the right in Spain, insisted the chance to work with Pep Guardiola swung it.

“He was key. Pep is a manager that knows how to get the best from any player and with him as a manager I feel I can reach my full potential,” said Torres.

City’s new signing insists he remembers waiting to get pictures with Silva after at the end of Valencia training sessions.

Yet for all the obvious parallels with the veteran who left on a free to join Real Sociedad, Phil Foden has been earmarked for that role.

City are really hoping Torres can fill the boots left vacant by Leroy Sane.

“He is left footed and I am right footed. Apart from that, we may share some similarities in our game,” said Torres.

“He likes playing wide, going one against one, dribbling and helping the team with goals and assists. That’s the same as me and it could be possible that our game styles have some similarities.”

Torres sharpened up prior to his permanent move to Manchester pounding the miles on the beach in Portugal in order to get himself ready for the rigours of the Premier League.

He continued: “Here it is more contact, tougher and more physical. so I also wanted to be at the right level to cope with that.

“In Portugal I ran on the beach, I worked on the gym and also started training in the pitch with my boots on to get used to it again.

“I still can improve and I need to keep training to reach my best condition, but I guess you could see the footballer I am.”

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