Brendan Rodgers has revealed that the French defender will be offered a new contract.
“Mama is a player we want to keep,” Rodgers said.
“It’s been a difficult start for him. We won the first few games so it was difficult to change the team. He was working up his fitness levels.
“We were always going to need Mama after the international break. We want to extend his contract at the club and for sure he will play.”
In his pre-matdh press conference, The Liverpool manager also defended the squad that he has picked to travel to Bordeaux. He said –
“My approach is what I did in this competition when I first came in: we played players who were needing games and it gives me a chance to look at some younger players and back then we finished top of the group,” said Rodgers.
“We will pick a team to win the game. At this stage for me it is really about trying to get a performance level as consequently that will lead to us getting consistent results.
“Some players who I left behind will play (against Norwich on Sunday) but there will be players who play (on Thursday) who will play at the weekend and that opportunity is there.”
Rodgers also confirmed that Divock Origi will lead the line for Liverpool in Benteke’s absence.
“Divock is a young player settling into the club well and he will feature,” Rodgers said.
“He’s a very talented young boy. He’s got great attributes and I’m sure over time he will demonstrate those.”