Liverpool issue injury update on Christian Benteke

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Liverpool is sweating on the fitness of Christian Benteke as their top goalscorer so far this season has injured his hamstring.

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Benteke, 24, injured his hamstring during the Reds’ 1-1 draw with Norwich City on Sunday and the Belgian international, who joined from Aston Villa for $50 million over the summer, was taken off at half time by manager Brendan Rodgers.

Speaking to the press ahead of Liverpool’s League Cup third round clash against Carlisle United at Anfield on Wednesday, first team coach Gary McAllister gave the following update on Benteke.

“Christian will have an MRI scan today and hopefully they’ll find the problem – he’s got a little problem with his hamstring,” McAllister confirmed.

If Benteke is out for an extended period of time it will be a big blow for the Reds as Daniel Sturridge has only just returned to full fitness and played for the first time this season during the 1-1 draw with Norwich.

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Out of the seven new signings Liverpool made over the summer, Benteke was the most expensive and although he has scored twice so far, once against Bournemouth to seal a 1-0 win and this stunning bicycle kick in the defeat at Manchester United, the towering Belgian has failed to make a huge impact in the opening weeks of the season.

The only glimmer of hope for the Reds is that another summer recruit has impressed in Benteke’s absence, as Danny Ings jumped off the bench to grab his first Liverpool goal on Sunday and should play against Carlisle on Wednesday and Aston Villa on Saturday.