John Aldridge explains why Liverpool should experiment with a Benteke and Sturridge strike partnership

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Benteke and Sturridge have barely played together this season for various reasons as Liverpool have struggled for goals.

Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge has said that Jurgen Klopp may need to experiment with a strike partnership of Christian Benteke and Daniel Sturridge.

The duo haven't spent much time playing together - having played only 45 minutes of competitive football at the same time during a 1-1 draw with Norwich City back in September.

Sturridge has been missed again this season as Liverpool have lacked that cutting edge required to win games on a regular basis, while Benteke has struggled to fit into the side having found the net on seven occasions so far this season.

In his Liverpool Echo column, Aldridge wrote: "Sturridge and Benteke could be key, both tonight and going forward. You have to try something with them.

"Maybe you have Benteke leading, Sturridge coming off whatever position, and you can play different systems. Perhaps have one in behind, in the free role, and the others tuck in.

"I think they could work well. Sturridge is clever and Benteke needs someone clever behind him."

Benteke has often looked isolated up front on his own and found it difficult to fit into the style of play the Reds undertake, while the players also seem to have struggled to adapt to his way of playing. 

As a result, many think that a natural front man to compliment him could be the answer for the Belgian to find some real form, whether that is Sturridge remains to be seen - though his qualities are well documented as even in the brief spells he has been available this season he has shown the quality he possesses that lifts the Reds in the final third. 

If Jurgen Klopp thinks it could work, then one would expect the two start up front tonight at the Boleyn Ground as Liverpool look to set up a fifth round tie with Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup

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