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Christian Benteke | Forward | #17

Team: Crystal Palace
Age / DOB:  (25) / 12/3/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 183

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Crystal Palace have officially announced the arrival of Christian Benteke who penned a four-year deal.
The Eagles reached an agreement with Liverpool yesterday but had to wait for the striker to pass a medical before officially introducing him. Whether he is available to feature against Tottenham later today is unknown, but it is more likely he will make his debut next week at Selhurst Park against the Cherries. If Benteke can use the motivation of a fresh start with a new club where he will be the main man, it is the perfect environment for him to score. Palace should be a much better fit for him than Liverpool was. He should be owned in all fantasy draft leagues and is one to monitor for the FPL game as Palace have a nice run of fixtures ahead following their trip to White Hart Lane today. Aug 20 - 5:47 AM

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Liverpool have agreed to terms that would see Christian Beneteke move to Crystal Palace for a transfer fee of £27m and the deal will be confirmed once the striker passes his medical.

Liverpoool turned down a deal earlier in the week from the Eagles that offered £25m up front with an additional £7m in add-ons. This deal adds £2m up front but the payment could rise to £32m total. That is only half a million pounds left than Liverpool bought Benteke for last summer, so they basically break even and can get a player with no future at the club off of their books. While Benteke saw little success at Anfield, he still has plenty of potential in his career to be a force at striker, with plenty of size, strength and a powerful, accurate finish when he is in form. He will likely step right into Alan Pardew's starting XI, knocking Connor Wickham out of his spot, though Wickham has played out wide in the past and could do so again. If Benteke was not drafted or dropped in your draft league, he is certainly an immediate add. Current owners should be very excited about this move.
Source: The Guardian
Aug 19 - 7:10 AM

Crystal Palace made an improved bid for Liverpool striker Christian Benteke, but the Reds still feel the Eagles are short on price and turned down the offer.

After trying to land the Belgian for £25 million flat earlier this summer, the Eagles came back with a £30 million offer, £23 million up front and another £7 million in add-ons. Palace just pocketed £30 million from the sale of Yannick Bolasie to Everton and are looking to turn around and spend it on big name striker. The Reds purchased Benteke for £32.5 million a season ago and he did nothing last season that should merit an increase in value, so £30 million seems a reasonable offer. They reportedly want a restructured deal with more money up front. West Brom are still linked to Benteke, but a move there looks to be more unlikely. Surely, Liverpool cannot be too thrifty here. They have an attack that scored four goals over the weekend without Daniel Sturridge, Danny Ings or Divock Origi starting. They simply need to sell Benteke and absorb a potential minor net loss from his purchase a season ago.
Source: Telegraph
Aug 16 - 6:33 AM

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said he expects forward Christian Benteke to leave the club this summer but only for the right price.

Said the German manager: "Everyone knows about it. Christian has already said maybe it makes sense to go to another club. Christian is still a really great striker. We have a few more strikers and I think it makes more sense to give them match time. But if there are clubs that want a real striker than they have to make real offers otherwise we will find solutions." Crystal Palace and even Everton has been linked with a move for the Belgian, who has not been able to fit into Klopp's system since the manager's arrival. But rumors suggest the club is holding out for the £32.5 million it paid Aston Villa last summer for Benteke.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 5 - 6:53 PM

Several former Liverpool starters are not expected to last the summer with Jurgen Klopp eyeing a leaner squad ahead of the season.

While Liverpool is looking to add a couple more players, most notably FC Augbsurg defender Ragnar Klavan in a £4 million move expected this week, reports claim that Christian Benteke, Lucas, Adam Bogdan, Tiago Ilori, Mario Balotelli and Lazar Markovic are all set for the exit door at Anfield or risk not even making the squad, Klopp said. "It makes no sense to stay in the squad and be in the squad when you don't have a real opportunity to play. When there's no chance to play, it makes absolutely no sense. We have a few players, maybe, who want to leave us and I'm pretty sure that will happen. And one or two more players will join us from other clubs.
Source: Mirror
Jul 18 - 7:41 PM

According to reports, Crystal Palace is making a strong push to sign Liverpool forward Christian Benteke this summer.

Crystal Palace saw its initial bid of £25 million rejected by Liverpool this weekend, but the clubs remain in talks over a transfer fee. Liverpool is reportedly ready to sell the former Aston Villa forward after failing to break in to manager Jurgen Klopp's plans this season, but is asking for around £30 million in order to recoup most of the £32.5 million spent on the Belgian international last summer. In all, Benteke scored 10 goals last season in all competitions, mostly while Brendan Rodgers was still manager.
Source: ESPN
Jul 3 - 6:10 PM

Christian Benteke has stated that he wants to talk to Jurgen Klopp and see what the manager's plans are and how he might fit into them before deciding on his preferred course of action this summer.

It has been widely speculated that Liverpool are likely to sell Christian Benteke and that Benteke likely wants to go. The Belgium international has said that the rumor mill has that wrong as he wants to see out his five year contract at Anfield if the manager has plans for him to be a productive member of the squad. It still seems likely that the best course of action for both sides is a move elsewhere (West Ham? Everton?) but Benteke isn't ready to concede the point yet.
Source: The Guardian
May 20 - 10:16 AM

Borussia Dortmund have beaten Liverpool and others to the signing of Rennes forward Ousmane Dembele.

Liverpool may have beaten Jurgen Klopp's former club in the Europa Club but the tables were turned in the transfer market as the German outfit have signed reported Reds target Ousmane Dembele from Rennes. With Christian Benteke likely leaving and Daniel Sturridge perpetually injured, Liverpool are likely to be on the hunt for another forward this summer and Dembele has often been linked with the Merseyside club. Apparently, the German clubs are just quicker off the mark than their Premier League rivals this summer with Bayern having beaten Manchester United to Renato Sanches and Dortmund having done the same with Dembele.
Source: espnfc.com
May 12 - 11:53 AM

Liverpool were able to salvage a point in their final home game of the season when Christian Benteke scored an equalizer in stoppage time to earn a 1-1 draw with Chelsea.

Jurgen Klopp named a strong side this evening that would appear to be a preview of what is to come in Liverpool's Europa League final and the Reds offered plenty of threat in the opening half hour. Unfortunately, for them, they could not convert any of their chances into goals and Chelsea would take the lead 32 minutes in. Chelsea looked the much stronger side from that point on, looking firmly in control as the game wore on in the second half. A couple of substitutes would come up big for Klopp though. Sheyi Ojo came on in the 90th minute and, two minutes into stoppage time, delivered a cross that Asmir Begovic could only palm into the path of fellow substitute Christian Benteke, who scored on an easy header. With the Europa League final a week from today, we will likely see another slew of changes by Klopp for the Reds final league game of the season against West Brom.
Source: NBC Sports
May 11 - 5:05 PM

Jurgen Klopp revealed in his press conference ahead of Liverpool's Europa League tie with Villareal that striker Christian Benteke is fit an available for selection.

Benteke is fully recovered from knee ligament damage that kept him out of action for a month and offers much-needed depth at the striker position now that Divock Origi is sidelined. Benteke has been a big disappointment in his first season at Anfield but that will not stop Klopp from trying to extract the most he can from the Belgian. Daniel Sturridge will almost certainly be the starter for both legs of the Europa League semifinal and is the preferred option in league play, but with a heavy schedule, it is possible we see Benteke start one of the last four league games to preserve Sturridge. This will not be good news for Sturridge owners in fantasy but he will certainly have value down the stretch regardless. Benteke cannot be counted on for more than one start at this point, and should remain off of fantasy rosters.
Source: Sky Sports
Apr 28 - 1:27 PM

Christian Benteke's knee was found to have ligament damage and the Liverpool striker is in danger of missing the rest of the season.

The current estimate for Benteke to return to action is at least a month from now, so there is a chance he could be available for the final couple of gameweeks. Jurgen Klopp may decide to play it safe though, depending on how things look in the table. Unless there is a crisis at the striker position or a Europa League spot hangs in the balance, we may have seen the last of Benteke in what has been an overall monumental disappointment of a first season at Anfield. It might be bad news for Divock Origi as well. He is the only striker option besides Daniel Sturridge now, unless Klopp wants to revert to playing Roberto Firmino farthest forward, so Origi may be reduced to a bench option rather than having any hopes of partnering Sturridge in the XI.
Source: Metro
Apr 5 - 11:44 AM

Christian Benteke has been ruled out for Liverpool this weekend as the striker has come up short in his recovery from a knee injury.

Straight from Jurgen Klopp's mouth, Benteke "has no chance" for the clash with Spurs tomorrow and the Belgian will require further assessment in the coming days to determine when he can return to training. Liverpool are boosted by the availability of Divock Origi though, who can play a part tomorrow while Daniel Sturridge looks set to lead the line for a very in-form attacking side.
Source: IB Times
Apr 1 - 12:22 PM

Christian Benteke has been withdrawn from the Belgium squad due to a knee injury. The Liverpool striker was originally named as part of the Belgium side that will face Portugal in a friendly next Tuesday.

Benteke joins his club and international teammate Divock Origi who pulled out earlier this week and the pair will now be treated at Melwood (Liverpool’s training ground). The full extent of either injury is unknown at present and Jürgen Klopp will be sweating on the availability of his two forwards with Roberto Firmino (hamstring) currently sidelined. The injuries leave Daniel Sturridge as the only fully fit striker at the moment and the club will be hoping that the trio respond well to treatment over the next week with Tottenham visiting Anfield after the international break.
Source: Daily Mail
Mar 25 - 7:22 AM

Liverpool, down a man and a goal, came back from a one goal deficit to beat Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on the final kick of the match.

Neither goal will go down as a classic in Liverpool history but the comeback will certainly be remembered fondly. Roberto Firmino was the recipient of a botched Alex McCarthy clearance that put him in alone on goal to tie the match. Despite being down to ten men, Liverpool were the better team in the second half and their efforts paid off at the very end. Late substitute Christian Benteke drew and scored a dubious penalty at the end of the final minute of stoppage time. The penalty was called despite the faintest of touches from Damien Delaney but the referee took the advice of his linesman who signaled immediately.

Jurgen Klopp tried to mitigate a clogged fixture schedule and an injured squad by playing a young group against Exeter but only succeeded in adding to the problem as Liverpool drew 2-2 away.

It may well be that Jurgen Klopp didn't have a great deal of choice but to play a young team against Exeter. He is suffering through an injury crisis and his senior players have played a lot of matches in a short amount of time since Boxing Day. That said, the Reds now have another match to add to the congestion with a replay at Anfield the result after Liverpool's young guns couldn't dispatch lower league Exeter.
Source: espnfc.com
Jan 8 - 5:09 PM