Jürgen Klopp has suffered more misfortune with his striking options at Liverpool after Christian Benteke was ruled out of Wednesday’s Capital One Cup tie against Bournemouth with a knee ligament strain.

The Belgium international is the third Liverpool forward to succumb to injury in less than three weeks of Klopp’s reign after sustaining the problem in the closing stages of Sunday’s draw with Southampton. Benteke is not facing an extended spell out but is certain to miss the fourth-round tie against Eddie Howe’s team and is a major doubt for Saturday’s Premier League trip to Chelsea. Klopp is left with only the 20-year-old summer arrival Divock Origi to lead his attack.

Benteke returned to the Liverpool side in last week’s Europa League draw against Rubin Kazan having been absent for a month with a hamstring injury. The £32.5m summer signing marked his second substitute’s appearance for Klopp with a fine goal on Sunday but his hopes of a first start under the new manager have been postponed by injury.

Klopp had claimed on Tuesday the former Aston Villa man remained in contention for Bournemouth and “65-70 minutes would be perfect” as he regains match fitness. But Benteke will join Danny Ings and Daniel Sturridge on the treatment table. Klopp lost that pair to a cruciate ligament injury and knee problem respectively in the early days of his tenure.