Benitez said: "I don't know if Torres will start against Wigan. It is a good story for the newspapers and the television but I need to decide because I know my players and watch every training session.
"We signed Torres because we knew about his quality and we bought Kuyt and Voronin and Crouch. Everybody is talking about Torres because he scored three goals but as a manager you have to make the decisions.
"You need to protect key players. It is important that if you want to see better football you need to protect the players with quality then we'll see more goals and maybe people will be happier."