“Stevie needs a bit of rest,” the Anfield boss told Liverpool’s official website.
“He was injured during the international break and it is important to try and keep players fit all the time.
“It is clear that Stevie is a bit tired at the moment.”
“I think Gerrard’s level will improve with Torres available,” added Benitez.
“With Torres he will have another player who can benefit from the accuracy of his passing.”