Liverpool legend: Why Christian Benteke and Daniel Sturridge can play together

Ian Rush rubbishes suggestion the Liverpool strikers can't form partnership

Ian Rush is adamant Liverpool strikers Christian Benteke and Daniel Sturridge can play in the same Reds side.

Sturridge replaced Benteke in Sunday’s 1-0 win against Swansea City to get his first Premier League minutes since October’s Merseyside derby at Goodison Park.

Jurgen Klopp has been reliant on Benteke in the absence of injured Sturridge since the former Borussia Dortmund manager took over the reins from Brendan Rodgers.

However, former Liverpool striker Rush is confident Benteke and Sturridge can form a strike partnership despite their contrasting styles.

“All great players can play together. I don’t believe this great myth that they can’t play together,” Rush is quoted as saying by Liverpool Echo.

“I was really happy when we signed Benteke. He can be the difference between finishing third, fourth, fifth or sixth.

“I still think there is room for him to get fitter. He can play up front by himself or play alongside someone and is a different option there. We’ve not had that previously.

“He will get fitter and will get better. The goal he scored against Bordeaux showed what he can do.”

The Belgium striker has scored four goals and has made one assist in 11 Premier League games since a £32.5m move to Anfield from Aston Villa in the summer transfer window.

Sturridge has netted two goals in four Premier League games in an injury-hit campaign for the England international so far.

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Liverpool make the trip to Southampton in their League Cup quarter-final at St Mary’s on Wednesday night.

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