Liverpool striker Christian Benteke admits he is behind Romelu Lukaku in Euro 2016 pecking order

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The Belgians are competing for one starting spot in the Red Devils starting XI.

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Liverpool striker Christian Benteke has certainly had a season to forget in 2015-16.

He struggled to find his feet at Liverpool after a move from Aston Villa. Meanwhile, across Stanley Park, his international colleague and challenger was on fire.

Romelu Lukaku was in great form for Everton throughout the season – ending the campaign on a very respectable 25 goals from 48 appearances for club and country.

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With that in mind Lukaku is expected to be one of the stars of the tournament and the starting striker for Belgium.

Speaking to the press today the Liverpool striker had this to say about the form of his Merseyside rival. He was quoted by Le Soir as stating:

"I come with a big motivation. I want to help Belgium to go as far as possible.

Everton's Romelu Lukaku looks dejectedEverton's Romelu Lukaku looks dejected

“It is true that I am currently a substitute, but that's football. One that performs should play. And as Romelu is in shape, it's normal he plays.

“But it is a group that will allow the team to go after the tournament, not just 11 players."

Benteke knows he is likely to be playing a role from the bench at the Euros this summer and is clearly understanding of the reasons why.

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp with Christian BentekeLiverpool manager Juergen Klopp with Christian Benteke

But Benteke must stay on his toes. Lukaku may have been the star of the season but his recent form has been poor.

Lukaku has not scored a competitive goal since March, although has scored in all three of Belgium's warm-up games, and struggled at the World Cup two years ago.

If that happens again, Benteke will be ready and waiting to prove himself in his absence.

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