Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson intends to play his youngsters in their Europa League tie with Steaua Bucharest.
Danny Wilson will partner Sotirios Kyrgiakos at the back - and the pair are likely to be joined in defence by Fabio Aurelio and Martin Kelly.
"Not being able to take the points we deserved against Tottenham has kept us in a mid-table position so the next games coming up are going to be very important.
"I've got to be careful not to risk too many of the players I want out on the field against Aston Villa.
"Torres won't travel. I can leave maybe as many as six or seven players who I expect to start against Aston Villa out of the team.
"It means on paper I'm taking a weakened team, but I believe people like Joe Cole, Ryan Babel, Milan Jovanovic, Danny Wilson, Christian Poulsen and Jonjo Shelvey are more than capable of doing a good job for Liverpool Football Club."