Liverpool media round-up: Benteke injury blow as Klopp rules out Sturridge surgery

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A selection of the latest stories in the media involving Liverpool Football Club this Wednesday morning.

Liverpool were dealt a fresh injury blow ahead of tonight's League Cup tie with Bournemouth at Anfield with striker Christian Benteke ruled out of the game following a knee ligament injury he picked up in the closing stages of Sunday's 1-1 draw with Southampton.

The Daily Mail reports that it came about after a clash late on in the game with Saints midfielder Victor Wanyama but the Belgian has had a scan with suggestions the injury is not too serious, but he remains a doubt for Saturday's Premier League clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

This means that Benteke joins Daniel Sturridge and Danny Ings on the sidelines, with the former also out of tonight's game as he continues to recover from a knee injury.

However, any notion that Sturridge will need surgery for his injury has been ruled out by manager Jurgen Klopp who won't be taking any unnecessary risks with the 26-year-old's fitness.

He's quoted in the Liverpool Echo, saying: “There’s fluid in the knee, not too much, that’s why we can say it’s not serious.

“We don’t have to think about surgeries or things like this, no, no, no, but he needs time. We play every three days.”

It could mean that Divock Origi will be in line for his fourth start in an as many games, with the 20-year-old struggling to make an impact so far.

£29 million summer signing Roberto Firmino could also be given a start against the Cherries after making two substitute appearances, and after coming up against the Brazilian in the Bundesliga Klopp is a fan of the former Hoffenheim player. 

He said: “Last time with Brazil he played as a nine, usually he plays in offensive midfield or second striker or he can come from the wing, he can play in the centre. He’s a pretty skilled player.

“There was some time, I would say one year ago, when he was for a few months for sure the best player in the Bundesliga.

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