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How to fit Christian Benteke and Daniel Sturridge in the same team

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With a total of eight goals between Liverpool's strikers last year, drastic action was called for from both pundits and fans over the summer.

As a result, Ricky Lambert has been sold to West Bromwich Albion and Mario Balotelli and Fabio Borini have been frozen out of the squad until they find new clubs. As for new strikers, Christian Benteke has been brought in for £32.5 million from Aston Villa along with Danny Ings from Burnley and Divock Origi has returned from loan.

Whilst Origi and Ings are seen as players for the future Christian Benteke has been brought in as the man to replace at least some of the goals Liverpool have been missing since the well publicised departure of Luis Suarez.

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Benteke obviously can't be expected to have the same impact as the Uruguayan talisman, however the Belgian marksman has impressed with his strength, and surprising touch in his first two games. His goals have started early as well, notching the crucial if controversial winner against A.F.C Bournemouth on Monday.

The returning Daniel Sturridge presents an awkward problem for Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers in how to fit his two best strikers into the same system.

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Daniel Sturridge if consistently fit, is one of the most prolific strikers in the Premier League, however injury ruined last season for him, hence robbing Liverpool of their one top class strikers for most of the season.

He should in theory partner Benteke very nicely, his speed and guile complimenting the Belgian's brute strength and hold up play. Bringing him in however will mean a change of system for Liverpool and sacrificing an important player in the side. 

Assuming Rodgers returns to the narrow diamond that was so effective in the latter part of the 2013-14 season one of Liverpool's many attacking midfielders will have to be sacrificed. The most obvious system would be having Emre Can at the base of the diamond with the hard-working pair of Jordan Henderson and James Milner on the flanks with Phillipe Coutinho sitting behind the two strikers.

However this will mean dropping Roberto Firmino, the £29 million acquisition from Hoffenheim to the bench which would bring into question why he was brought into the team in the first place. 

It may be a problem for Brendan Rodgers, but it is certainly a good problem to have. Liverpool's squad is slowly beginning to take shape and finally looks like a force to be reckoned with, with genuine depth in most positions Liverpool now have the tools available to have a genuine impact in the race for the top four.

If Benteke and Sturridge can play together consistently and compliment each other in the way expected they could prove to be one of the most feared attacks in the Premier League.

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