Liverpool have suffered a double injury blow ahead of their clash with Tottenham next weekend after Divock Origi and Christian Benteke pulled out of the Belgium squad with injuries ahead of their clash against Portugal scheduled for 30 March. The duo will return to the club to undergo treatment for their respective injuries.
The Belgium football association confirmed the withdrawal of both the players ahead of their friendly clash. The former is suspected to have withdrawn due to a thigh injury, while the latter according to the Liverpool Echo, has withdrawn with a knee injury. Their injuries will come as a big blow to Jurgen Klopp, as they face a crucial Premier League clash against Tottenham at Anfield on 2 April.
"Divock Origi is out for Belgium's clash against Portugal. He will be replaced by Kevin Mirallas in the squad," the Belgian FA announced on their official Twitter account on 24 March and followed it up with another tweet stating: "Christian Benteke leaves the squad for Belgium's clash against Portugal injured. He will recover in his club."
Everton star Kevin Mirallas was called in as a replacement for Origi, but no replacement has been announced for his compatriot and club teammate Benteke. The former Borrusia Dortmund manager was hoping that all his players return fit from their international commitments, but following the two withdrawals, he will be sweating over the fitness of his other first-team stars.
The injury to the two strikers and Roberto Firmino's injury, just before the international break, will leave Daniel Sturridge as the only fit forward for the clash against the title chasing Spurs. The England international is also just returning from a long spell on the sidelines due to recurring injuries, and the manager will hope that Roy Hodgson uses him sparingly as the Merseyside club are fighting for a place in the top six of the Premier League and face a Europa League quarter-finals clash against Klopp's former employers Dortmund.