Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez is confident his Spanish stars Xabi Alonso and Fernando Torres will be ready for this week´s Champions League showdown with Besiktas in Turkey after being left out of Saturday´s 2-1 derby victory at Everton.

Benitez said: "They were both very, very close to playing. It would have been a risk I was not prepared to take to play them against Everton.

"I would now expect them to be in serious contention against Besiktas when we go to Istanbul (on Wednesday). I will watch them in training and make my decision after that."

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