Liverpool striker Fernando Torres is hoping skipper Steven Gerrard can return from injury as soon as possible.

Gerrard has a hamstring injury that looks likely to sideline him for up to three weeks but Torres is anticipating a return so that the players in the squad can relax a little.

"He is irreplaceable," said Torres.

"Every great team has a model player, one whose home is there, one who stays there for life.

"Liverpool is Gerrard and 10 others. He is everything for us.

"They're saying he'll be out for three weeks, let's hope it's less. I hope and would love his lay-off to be shorter."