John Aldridge says Christian Benteke has a fight on to get back into the Liverpool team

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Aldridge wants to see Ings and Sturridge continue their partnership up front when they make the short trip to take on Everton at Goodison Park.

Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge has stated in the Liverpool Echo that summer signing Christian Benteke has a fight on his hands to get back into the side. 

Benteke signed for the Reds for £32.5 million from Aston Villa during the summer and has so far scored twice since his arrival at Anfield. But after being forced off at half-time during the 1-1 draw with Norwich City nine days ago with a hamstring injury, it gave Danny Ings the chance to shine up front.

Ings replaced Benteke against Norwich and scored within four minutes of his introduction, and followed it up with a goal in the League Cup tie against Carlisle United, while on Saturday he partnered Daniel Sturridge during the win over Aston Villa, as the work rate of the former Burnley man has endeared him to the club's supporters. 

Aldridge wrote in his Liverpool Echo column: "When you've got Coutinho in behind, and any two of Ings, Sturridge and Benteke up front, you're going to cause teams a lot of problems. You're going to create chances because of the quality that those players have. That's the light at the end of the tunnel for me.

"It's a big call, but Benteke has got a fight on his hands now to get his place back. Ings has come in, performed well, scored a couple of goals and impressed everybody with his work-rate.

"I like the way he and Sturridge looked up front on Saturday. The movement was good, they stretched the game, worked well together, and we created chances as a result.

"You could see the signs of a relationship developing there, which is really encouraging."

The Merseyside derby could be touch and go for Benteke in terms of his fitness, and one would probably advocate starting him from the bench prior to an international break anyway. It seems clear that for now Ings and Sturridge seem to be building some sort of understanding which can trouble their opponents, and it wouldn't make much sense to bring in Benteke for such a huge game.

But competition for places across the forward line can only be a good thing. All three strikers have found the net twice so far this season and will be looking to add to their goal tally if given the opportunity.

For the weekend's derby clash, playing a forward line of Ings and Sturridge could get the best out of Liverpool and put a confident Everton side under some pressure. There are plenty of games ahead for things to change in terms of the strike partnership but it feels as though for now Liverpool should stick with the duo that have had some success in their limited time up front.

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