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Graeme Souness: Christian Benteke's return can reignite Liverpool's season

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Amidst Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp's frustration at losing numerous players to injury since taking the reigns on Merseyside, his side will at least be boosted by the return of Christian Benteke.

The striker came off the bench to open the scoring with a superb header in their 1-1 draw at home to Southampton on Sunday, and although the result was disappointing, Klopp will feel he can now rely on the Belgian to get his side the goals they've been lacking as of late.

In the absence of Benteke and team-mates Daniel Sturridge and Danny Ings, the German has turned to youngster Divock Origi, whose lack of experience has shown during his struggle to hold an impact in games.

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Against the Saints, the 20-year-old was replaced at half-time by countryman Benteke, whose introduction revitalised a Liverpool side struggling to take their chances in the final third.

The former Aston Villa man's strength and hold-up play allowed his team-mates to create space around him, whilst his pace and aerial prowess was a constant threat to Southampton's defence.

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"When Benteke came on all of a sudden they have a bit of a physical threat up there, someone prepared to mix it," said Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness.

"Benteke will bully centre-halves, if he gets a yard, if he gets slightly blind-side [of the defender] and attacks the ball, no centre-half will stop him."

There have been doubts over whether Benteke can fit into his new manager's style of play, but with the injury woes of Sturridge seemingly piling up and Ings out for the season, the £32.5 million man is Klopp's only choice.

"For Liverpool to have a decent season this year, they've got to get him fit," added Souness, "otherwise they'll have a lot of the ball but they'll go nowhere with it."

Benteke, then, needs to rediscover full fitness and consistency, with the hope amongst fans being that, upon doing so, their Belgian powerhouse will step up to the mark and fire them up the table.

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