John Aldridge has his say on Liverpool team selection, including starting Christian Benteke

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The Reds legend has said he wouldn't start any of the youngsters and feels one or two potentially key players need some game time under their belts ahead of a testing trip to Chelsea which follows their clash against Bournemouth.

Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge has written in the Liverpool Echo that he believes that Christian Benteke should be part of Jurgen Klopp's starting XI for Wednesday night's League Cup tie against Bournemouth at Anfield. 

Benteke has yet to start any of the three games under the German as he has been working his way back to fitness following a hamstring injury but has made two substitute appearances - with his latest seeing him find the net in the 1-1 draw with Southampton at the weekend. 

Writing in his Liverpool Echo column, Aldridge believes that Benteke needs to get some match practice under his belt ahead of this weekend's Premier League clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, while citing the potential opportunity of keeping the club on track for an appearance at Wembley this season. 

He wrote: "I know the manager wants to wrap him up in cotton wool while Sturridge is injured but he needs games to get match fitness.

"When you’re not scoring goals you’re always likely to leak them at the other end.

"It’s a chance to get in the quarter-finals. It won’t be easy given how we’re playing at the moment but Bournemouth have just suffered a big 5-1 defeat at home to Tottenham so it might be a good time to have them."

There could be the temptation for Klopp to rotate his starting XI, having used a total of 15 players in his three games so far as he could to freshen up his side but there is the need to build momentum.

Aldridge feels that none of the youngster should play on Wednesday night, saying: "There’s nobody there among the youngsters at the moment who he can bring in to enhance the team, it will be a burden for them.

"The manager has got to go strong with his line-up against Bournemouth. I know he’s got Saturday in mind but Benteke, [Roberto] Firmino and Jordon Ibe all need a game."

There is something of a dilemma for Klopp. After coming agonisingly close to recording his first win against Southampton at the weekend, he will want to get that first victory under his belt ahead of such a big Premier League encounter at Stamford Bridge, but he won't want to see certain players burnt out while continuing to implement his style on the first team.

The German will have to make at least one change this week with vice-captain James Milner suspended after picking up his fifth booking of the season. 

One doubts that the changes to the side will be wholesale, but Klopp may feel this game is an opportunity to bring in some fresh legs in order to relieve the burden on others. 

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