West Brom goalkeeper Scott Carson is bracing himself for a testing return to Liverpool on Saturday.

Carson, who moved to the Hawthorns in a £3.25million deal this summer after three frustrating years at Anfield, knows just what to expect from his old team and that his task will be even tougher if Fernando Torres is fit to play.

"Torres is a world-class striker and as a player you want to operate against the best," said Carson.  "I would like to see him play and hopefully I can play well and prevent him from scoring.

"Tony Mowbray has been working on the shape of our team and hopefully we can click and be stronger at the back after conceding a few goals in our recent games. Hopefully I can go there and have a good game. If we can go to Anfield and frustrate them for as long as we can who knows what the result will be.

"It would be great to get a point and give us a lot of confidence for the following game against Chelsea.

"I don't know what kind of reception I will get from the Liverpool fans.  In the past David James and Chris Kirkland have had good receptions but you never know."

Albion have slipped into the relegation zone after three defeats and a draw in their last four games, but England international Carson remains upbeat.

He added: "No one is panicking here at Albion. We are confident that we will be okay. It's too early to start panicking.

"You lose a few games and you are always going to drop down the table but it is always going to be tight. Back to back wins take you right up the table. It is not until after Christmas that the league begins taking shape."

Albion's aim for the season is survival, but Liverpool have far loftier ambitions and Carson expects them to sustain their challenge for the Premier League title.

He said: "Liverpool are now playing really well and going to Chelsea and winning proves that they will be one of the title challengers at the end of the season.

"The likes of Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher are desperate to have a crack at the title.  Liverpool have a lot of great players and they have a fine manager in Rafa Benitez who knows football inside out.

"He will know all of Albion's strengths and weaknesses and they will be ready for us."

While Carson failed to make a success of his spell at Anfield - spending time out on loan at Sheffield Wednesday, Charlton and Aston Villa - he does not feel he needs to prove a point to Benitez.

He added: "I have no hard feelings about Liverpool. I never really had a chance to prove what I could do at Anfield. It was a great learning curve for me. I learnt a lot while I was at Liverpool and that is probably the reason I am now playing in the Premiership."