Phil Thompson says Danny Ings would be ahead of Christian Benteke if Belgian stays at Anfield

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Benteke seems destined for the Liverpool exit while Ings has yet to play under Klopp.

Former Liverpool captain Phil Thompson believes that Christian Benteke could fall down to fourth choice in the pecking order when Danny Ings returns from injury if he does not leave the Reds in the summer.

Benteke seems to have fallen out of favour with manager Jurgen Klopp at Anfield, with Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi both ahead of him, and at times Roberto Firmino has been asked to lead the line with the Belgian having to settle for a place on the bench.

Thompson told Sky Sports: "You don't need to be an expert or an insider to see that Benteke will be looking to move on in the summer. We're all trying to read between the lines and I don't know anything definite but it looks like he's all but gone.

"I would say for the sake of his own career he needs to leave. He's got the Euros coming up and he's going to be sat on the bench with Romelu Lukaku starting and he won't want the same to happen next season.

"He can't do the pressing game that Jurgen Klopp demands and you can't have £32.5m strikers sat on the bench playing a bit part.

"Danny Ings is coming back as well and he's more suited to doing what Klopp expects, so Benteke could find himself fourth in the pecking order."

The writing seems to be on the wall for Liverpool's second most expensive signing as he has not scored the amount of goals that the Reds will have been hoping after they invested so heavily in him in the summer.

Benteke has only scored once since the turn of the year, a penalty in a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace, and he has only found the net on eight occasions in total this season.

He appears resigned to moving on himself after comments he appeared to make on international duty, where he suggested that Klopp was 'ignoring' him.

He's quoted by The Guardian, as well as other outlets, saying: “When your coach says he wanted to take you to [Borussia] Dortmund and a little later you sit at the same club and he ignores you it is hard to understand.

“I played two full matches in a row since Klopp [arrived]. I went up against Leicester, I scored, I followed up with a game and a goal to Sunderland, and then we lost to West Ham and since then I have been discarded."

Prior to his ACL injury, Ings was showing some signs of promise and Liverpool fans had taken to the forward for his hard work almost instantly, and his work ethic is the kind of thing that you would think will go down well with a manager like Klopp.

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