Torres ruled out of Lyon clash

Liverpool will be without striker Fernando Torres for Tuesday's Champions League clash with Olympique Lyon at Anfield but midfielder Steven Gerrard is expected to be fit, manager Rafael Benitez said on Monday.

"Torres is still not ready. Hopefully he will be for the weekend, but not for this game," Benitez told reporters ahead of the Group E match.

Torres and Gerrard both missed Saturday's 1-0 league defeat at Sunderland, the club's third consecutive loss, a run that included a 2-0 defeat at Fiorentina in the Champions League.

Gerrard, who like Torres picked up a groin injury while on international duty last week, trained with the Liverpool squad on Monday.

"Steven is fit. He has been training so hopefully he will be available tomorrow," Benitez said. "It is important as we have had some problems with injuries since the start of the season, so having Gerrard fit is a big boost for us."