The Spaniard says he is beginning to discover his best form at the fulcrum of a three-man attack and described Giorgio Chiellini's red card as "incredible"
The Spain striker scored in the defeat to Real Madrid when deployed as the focal point of a three-man attack and, while he admits recent results have not been good enough, he is relishing a return to a more familiar role up front after his early struggle for form this season.
"I feel at ease in the new system, I've played like this in the past," he told Tuttosport.
"In general, every time I go out on the field I feel better, like I've improved. It's not always easy to play, but I've worked so hard to do so."
Llorente's return to action has helped rebuild his confidence after spending much of last season frozen out of the Athletic Bilbao side, but the 28-year-old feels the controversial red card issued to Giorgio Chiellini at Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday left his efforts in front of goal irrelevant.
"It's true [starting helps to build consistency] but that's not the point. Scoring is important because it gives me confidence, but what is more important is to win and unfortuately we did not succeed against Real," he added.
"Sadly, this wasn't because of our own faults: the referee had a really bad day, the sending off of Chiellini was an incredible mistake."