Christian Benteke has joined Daniel Sturridge as a major doubt for Liverpool to face Chelsea this weekend. Did someone say Divock Origi?
With Sturridge having picked up an injury in one of manager Jurgen Klopp’s first training sessions since joining, Benteke has been ruled out of the Capital One Cup clash with Bournemouth on Wednesday. The Belgian is also now a major doubt to face Chelsea at the weekend, leaving Divock Origi as the only available senior striker.
Benteke had missed eight games due to a hamstring injury, but made his return in the Europa League against Rubin Kazan in midweek, then scored on his Premier League comeback against Southampton on Sunday.
However, the striker suffered a knee ligament strain in the closing stages of that draw with Saints, and is certain to miss the Capital One Cup tie, with the match against Chelsea also thrown into major doubt.
That leaves Origi, he of no goals in six games fame, as the Reds’ only fit striker, with the Belgian set to lead the line against Chelsea as Klopp seeks his first victory as boss.
Speaking on Sturridge’s injury, Klopp insisted the knock to his knee is “not serious,” but the German has stressed that the striker will need time to recover.
“He can go, he can walk, he can swim but that’s not going to help him playing football,” Klopp said.
“There is fluid in the knee. Not too much – that’s why we can say it’s not serious and we don’t have to think about surgery or things like this – but he needs time.
“I learned when I was younger that it doesn’t help if you talk about players who are not available. He’s been out for four games with this one [Bournemouth], so 10-12 days. Then when he’s back in training he needs to train. It is not possible to come back and then play the next day. That is how football works.
“I know about his history with injuries, of course, but I have no experience of this with him. That’s another thing I have to learn, for sure.”