Liverpool plan to leave Christian Benteke out of Europa League squad for Bordeaux clash

Brendan Rodgers is planning to take the brave step to leave Christian Benteke out of the squad that travels to Bordeaux for the opening clash of their Europa League campaign, the Daily Mirror report.

The Belgian is being left behind to ensure that he remains fit for the upcoming Premier League game with Norwich City this weekend (via Mirror).

The Mirror suggest that Divock Origi – who has plenty of experience coming up against Ligue 1 sides – is likely to be awarded his first start since his move to the Anfield outfit.

While the decision perhaps hints at how the Reds may look at the competition as a hindrance, it also suggests that Rodgers is once again, feeling the pressure following two poor results.

The emphatic home drubbing to West Ham was followed by a disappointing defeat to their bitter rivals Manchester United. During the clash at Old Trafford, it was Benteke who provided Liverpool with a glimmer of hope that they may take something out of the game when he scored a stunning overhead kick in the latter stages of the loss.

With the optimism on Merseyside largely disappearing following the back-to-back defeats, Rodgers appears to know that failure to beat Norwich – regardless of the result in France on Thursday – will make the calls for his departure even louder.

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