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Christian Benteke ruled out of Bournemouth clash

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Liverpool will be without striker Christian Benteke for their Capital One Cup showdown against Bournemouth tonight.

The Belgian international, who only returned from a month out with a hamstring injury last week, was sent for a scan on his knee and won't be risked against the Cherries.

According to the Liverpool Echo, the Reds are hopeful that the minor complaint, picked up in the draw against Southampton last weekend, won't rule him out of the Premier League showdown against Chelsea on Saturday.

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The former Aston Villa hitman was sent for a scan amidst concerns he'd suffered medial ligament damage, however he's not expected to be sidelined for long.

Benteke's injury means that Divock Origi will likely lead the line for Liverpool as they go in search of their first win under new boss Jurgen Klopp.

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Fellow striker Daniel Sturridge has already been ruled out of the game with a knee knock that he picked up during a collision in training with team-mate Jordon Ibe, prompting fears the former Manchester City and Chelsea ace could be sidelined for a prolonged period yet again.

However Klopp has moved to allay those fears and insists Sturridge should be back in action soon. When asked by reporters about the injury, he said: “I’m not sure I saw the one-on-one with Jordon Ibe in training but it’s a knock. Now there’s a little bit of fluid inside.

“He can walk, he can swim, but that’s not enough for playing football. There’s not too much fluid so that’s why we can say it’s not serious. We don’t have to think about surgeries or things like this but he needs time.

“I know about his history with injuries of course. I have no experience with things with him, that’s another thing I have to learn and to see but, if he can train, he can play. And until then we don’t have to talk about it.”

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