"Torres is very, very close. But we have still been winning without him so we will not take any risks," said Benitez. "But clearly he is very important to us. He can win games when we are not playing well. He can change games.
"Always you miss a player like that, but I am really pleased with the performances of the other players without him.
"We have good quality, so when one or two big players are not available we have handled that situation.
"What pleases me is that we have been without three of our top players for maybe half the games we have played this season.
"That shows the quality we have in the squad now, it has improved at Liverpool."