Report: Christian Benteke a doubt for Liverpool's Merseyside derby clash with Everton

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As a result, Benteke is expected to miss this weekend's Premier League date with former club Aston Villa.

Liverpool striker Christian Benteke is facing a fight to be fit for the Reds' Merseyside derby clash with Everton at Goodison Park, which takes place a week on Sunday, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Benteke was substituted at half-time during the side's 1-1 draw with Norwich City on Sunday afternoon - being replaced by Danny Ings, who went on to score within four minutes of his introduction.

The Belgian forward, who has scored twice since his big-money move from Aston Villa, is likely to miss the visit of his former club at Anfield on Saturday after undergoing an MRI scan on his hamstring injury, with the Telegraph report stating that he is expected to be out for 'a couple of weeks'.

Therefore he is expected to miss next week's Europa League clash with Sion at Anfield, which is likely to be crucial to the side's hopes of making it to the knockout stages of the competition, as a win over the Swiss side will take them to the top of Group B.

That means that Ings is likely to be given a run in the side alongside the recently returned Daniel Sturridge as the Reds look to get their season back on track, having taken just the eight points from their opening six games. It means that any chance of Benteke forming a partnership with Sturridge has been put on hold for now. 

The Telegraph's piece suggests it's a blow to Brendan Rodgers - which it is, but it presents a huge opportunity to Ings, who showed great desire when it came to his work ethic and composure in front of goal against the Canaries. If he shows similar qualities in the next couple of games, and features on the scoresheet regularly, then the summer signing from Burnley may have forced himself to the starting XI on a more permanent basis.

It is of course a blow to Benteke, as it means his place in the starting line-up is no longer secure, given there is another player who could nail down a role in the starting XI in his absence, especially if the Reds show signs of a sudden upturn in form.

Divock Origi, who has rarely featured since arriving at the club, could also be exposed to a little more game time as a result of the injury, as a place on the bench for the Premier League games is likely to open up. 

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