Liverpool boss: I rested Masch for City clash

Benitez wanted the Argentine to be fully fit for the clash with Manchester City on Sunday.

Benitez said: “Javier was fit, he was fine. But we had four days between the PSV game and the trip to Manchester City, so I felt the player could be held back for the game on Sunday.

“Everyone was fit, but I knew we had Lucas who could come on and play in midfield. I preferred to think of the next game and keep Javier for that.

“Xabi Alonso and Steven Gerrard were also both doing fine, so there was no need to use him against PSV, I preferred to keep him back for the games we have to come.”

“Ryan Babel has a minor knock, not serious,” added Benitez. “And I do not believe that there is much wrong with Fernando Torres, he took a heavy tackle against PSV but he will be fine for the weekend.”