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Rafa Benitez says he will appeal against both red cards that reduced Liverpool to nine men as his side crashed 3-1 at Fulham.

Liverpool had Philipp Degen sent off for a challenge on Clint Dempsey and Jamie Carragher was given his marching orders after bringing down Bobby Zamora. Benitez believes referee Lee Mason got both decisions wrong.

They were two incidents in a few minutes when we were losing and they were difficult to take. The first one was a yellow card. The second one you can clearly see that Carragher was kicking the ball.

Carragher also believes the referee should rescind his red card.

Benitez was left scratching his head in bemusement after the defeat, claiming that Liverpool had been controlling the game.

It’s hard to take the defeat, especially when we were in control of the game. The first half was one-sided. We made one mistake and we conceded a goal.

The second half they were more offensive and we made a massive mistake when we conceded the second goal. We worked hard with nine players but it was very difficult.

Benitez believes he could be without both Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres for the crucial Champions’ League trip to Lyon on Wednesday.

We decided to play Fernando Torres against Manchester United (last Sunday) and it was a difficult decision because he was not 100% fit. He needed four days to be ready and is still not 100% fit.

We decided to put him on the pitch but we had to protect him and that’s why we took him out after 60 minutes. I don’t want to lose an important player like Fernando for one month.