Christian Benteke to be rested for Liverpool's trip to Bordeaux

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Brendan Rodgers looks set to rest £32million striker Christian Benteke for Liverpool's Europa League clash with Bordeaux.

According to the Mirror, Divock Origi will replace Benteke, with Rodgers wanting to keep the Belgian forward fresh for the Premier League.

The publication goes on to say the Northern Irish manager plans to blood Origi in Europe after the 20-year-old made his debut in the 3-1 defeat to Manchester United.


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Rodgers is set to ring the changes in France, with Adam Lallana likely to return after a month out. Philippe Coutinho is also in contention following his suspension from league action. Goalkeeper Adam Bogdan could make his debut, replacing Simon Mignolet.

Benteke is Liverpool's top goalscorer this season with two goals in five games, including an incredible overhead kick at Old Trafford, and will be vital in the Reds' attempts to turn around their poor start.

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Pressure is beginning to mount on Rodgers after three games without a win. Failure to pick up a result at the Matmut Atlantique will increase the former Swansea boss' troubles.


The Merseysiders will be expecting to challenge for a top-four spot this season, but their best route to the Champions League may be through Europe's secondary competition.

Liverpool have a squad capable of winning the Europa League and success would lead to qualification for the group stages of Europe's elite competition.

The five-time Champions League winners should have no trouble advancing from a group that consists of Bordeaux, FC Sion and Rubin Kazan.

However, the real test will come in the knockout stages, when teams drop down from the Champions League.


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