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Benteke blow blunts Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool attack

Chris Bascombe

Published 28/10/2015 | 02:30

Christian Benteke celebrates his goal against Southampton, but he is now doubtful for Liverpool’s trip to Chelsea
Christian Benteke celebrates his goal against Southampton, but he is now doubtful for Liverpool’s trip to Chelsea

Liverpool's striker crisis has worsened with Christian Benteke the latest to return to the injury list with a knee problem.

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Benteke has tweaked ligaments and will sit out the League Cup tie with Bournemouth tonight.

He is now a doubt for the trip to Chelsea this weekend, although there is some respite for Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, as the knock is not as serious as initially feared when the Belgian was sent for a scan yesterday.

Klopp was hoping to give Benteke his first start under his Anfield management, but his options have again been severely limited. It means Divock Origi is once more the only senior striker available because Daniel Sturridge remains absent with a bruised knee.

Sturridge is also rated doubtful for this weekend as he prepares to miss his fourth consecutive game.

"We are still waiting," Klopp said. "(Benteke) is getting better but not quick enough to change the situation for us. I just saw him working in the gym. It is something like a knock - a reaction in the knee and it has fluid inside. He can go, he can walk, he can swim but that's not going to help him playing football."

Klopp said that he would take the opportunity to use some of the younger members of his squad. James Milner is out suspended, so he will also need a new captain.

"There will be a mixture in the side. We have to change the team a little bit. The tournament is important to me, I want to win the game.

"It's because I believe we can win with this team I will make changes. It is a very important game but we've had three games in nine days so we have to change.

"We have to find solutions. My faith in this team is really good. If people hope it will be faster, I am sorry. We all want the same." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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