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Christian Benteke should not start against Everton, says John Aldridge

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Former Liverpool forward John Aldridge believes Christian Benteke has a fight on his hands to regain his place in the starting line-up.

The 57-year-old, who scored 50 goals in 83 league appearances for the Reds from 1987-89, was impressed by the link up play between Danny Ings and Daniel Sturridge during the 3-2 win over Aston Villa.

He also feels that Benteke, if fit for the Merseyside derby with Everton next weekend, should be on the bench with the front three remaining the same.

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Writing for the Liverpool Echo, the former Republic Ireland international said: "Me? I would leave the front three as they were against Villa, with Ings and Sturridge up there.

"It's a big call, but Benteke has got a fight on his hands now to get his place back. Ings has come in, performed well, scored a couple of goals and impressed everybody with his work-rate.

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"I like the way he and Sturridge looked up front on Saturday. The movement was good, they stretched the game, worked well together, and we created chances as a result.

"I think we're going to need to score at least twice if we're going to win the game, so hopefully he and Sturridge, with Coutinho behind them, can be in the same kind of form as they were on Saturday."

THINGS ARE LOOKING UP

Sturridge has matched Benteke's goal tally this season despite only playing two games, compared to the Belgian forward's six appearances.

Ings has also impressed with his tireless work rate and opened his account for the season in the 1-1 draw with Norwich.

It is a good headache for Brendan Rodgers to have ahead of a crucial month in his Anfield career.

If Sturridge is fit, he is one of the first names on Liverpool's teamsheet and the pressure is now on Benteke to prove he is worth the £32.5 million the Reds spent on him in the summer. 

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