Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool need no more than “two strikers” in the light of a season-ending injury for Danny Ings.
Ings appears set to miss the rest of the season after suffering an anterior cruciate knee ligament injury in training on Wednesday.
It represented the second similar injury to hit Liverpool in the space of less than 24 hours after defender Joe Gomez was himself ruled out until next season.
The injuries, albeit to players not guaranteed a first-team place, leaves Liverpool’s squad looking rather bare heading into Klopp’s first game as manager, with just Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi and Jerome Sinclair his options as strikers, and Nathaniel Clyne his only recognised senior right-back.
Klopp has alleviated such fears however, and says he only needs “two strikers” at Anfield.
“I learned first, you do not think about the players who are not available at this moment because there is no chance to get lucky if you do this all of the time,” the German added.
“In the case of Benteke and Firmino, they are back on the pitch but not team training. I hope next week they will be in normal team training.
“Firmino could play in the striker position but we have to see if he should. In this moment – for the next game – we have Daniel for the position and we have Origi.
“Two strikers, I don’t need more. When you start if you have more it’s perfect. But you have to think how you can react. When Christian is fit then he is an option, for sure but at this moment he isn’t.”