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Christian Benteke | Forward | #20

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

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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. Jan 8 - 5:09 PM

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Liverpool achieved what no other club has been able to this season, keeping Leicester out of goal while Christian Benteke grabbed a late winner in a huge 1-0 win for the Reds.

Divock Origi got the start up top for Liverpool, but had to come off shortly before the break with an injury, and Benteke took his place. The Reds attempted a whopping 26 shots on the day, but only a few were of the quality variety. Simon Mignolet was a welcome sight in goal and helped stopped a couple of Leicester attempts, most notably a strike from Nathan Dyer in the 74th minute. The Reds found their game winner in the 63rd, when Roberto Firmino picked out Benteke in the area and the Belgian scored on the half-volley. After a miserable result against Watford last weekend, this should be a huge confidence builder for the Reds as they get three points against the league leaders and keep a clean sheet in the process.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Dec 26, 2015 12:19:00 PM

Christian Benteke, who was somewhat of a surprise omission from Jurgen Klopp's starting XI in Liverpool's win over Manchester City this past weekend, is in contention to face Bordeaux in Europa League action on Wednesday.

Liverpool fans were likely put off by seeing two major striker weapons, Benteke and Daniel Sturridge, named to the bench against the Sky Blues, but clearly Klopp knew better as the Reds ran roughshod at the Etihad in a resounding win that many point to as a benchmark turnaround for the club and their season. Benteke still managed to contribute, supplying an assist for Liverpool's final goal in a 14 minute substitution appearance. Depending on the status of Philippe Coutinho, both strikers could be held to bench roles again this weekend against the Swans, but it looks pretty clear that Benteke is ahead of Sturridge in the pecking order.
Wed, Nov 25, 2015 09:40:00 AM

Jurgen Klopp has announced that striker Christian Benteke has been passed fit and will be ready to face Chelsea in the opening fixture of Week 11.

It appears the Divock Origi era is over, at least for now, as the much more threatening Benteke should be named to Klopp's XI tomorrow, giving the Reds a much better chance to be amongst the goals at Stamford Bridge. Given the defensive record of Chelsea this season and the fact that owners in formats can see the team news before the gameweek starts, it should be all systems go to re-insert Benteke back into their lineups.
Fri, Oct 30, 2015 08:16:00 AM

Jurgen Klopp has been quoted with saying "I think Christian will be fit on Saturday", though it is still unclear what role the Belgian striker will be able to play.

Benteke was left out of the squad entirely for the Capitol One Cup with his absence attributed to his ongoing knee injury, but it appears the truth of the matter is that Klopp wants to preserve the prize striker for the showdown with Chelsea on Saturday. When one looks at the side Klopp fielded for the cup match, it looks clear that he was more interested in getting pitch time for fringe players and young prospects. The good news for Benteke owners in formats is that he plays in the early Saturday match, so one can get a peek at team news and decide from there what to do should Benteke not be named to the XI.
Source: ESPN FC
Thu, Oct 29, 2015 06:40:00 AM

Christian Benteke will not face AFC Bournemouth in Wednesday nights’ League Cup game at Anfield after picking up a knee injury during the draw with Southampton.

Although the full extent of the problem is not yet known, Benteke has been rated as a doubt for the trip to Stamford Bridge. Having just recovered from a hamstring strain, Benteke is keen to impress new boss Jürgen Klopp and made an instant impact from the bench - following his introduction on Sunday - with a superb trademark header at St Marys. Should he fail to recover in time, Divock Origi is expected to lead the Liverpool attack. Daniel Sturridge "is progressing," but given the swelling around his knee the club aren’t able to give an exact return date while Danny Ings will miss the majority, if not, the remainder of the season after undergoing surgery to repair his ruptured anterior cruciate ligament.
Source: The Guardian
Wed, Oct 28, 2015 05:58:00 AM

Christian Benteke is among the substitutes for Liverpool in their Europa League match against Rubin Kazan.

It is a double fitness boost in attack for the Reds as Roberto Firmino also makes the bench tonight in Jurgen Klopp's Anfield debut. The atmosphere is electric there as the game gets set to kick off. If Benteke can make an appearance at some point in the match, it will aid his chances of starting on Sunday. It may not be worth the risk to fantasy managers to wait until the final match of the gameweek in draft leagues to count on him starting.
Source: Eurosport
Thu, Oct 22, 2015 03:04:00 PM

Christian Benteke's hamstring injury has been given a two week timetable before returning, omitting him from Capitol One Cup action this evening and his Week 7 matchup against Aston Villa.

What was at first a precautionary move will still result in lost time for Benteke, who would have had a nice home fixture against his former club were he fit enough to go. His Week 8 availability and beyond will remain in doubt until we get wind that he has returned to training. With Daniel Sturridge still being eased back into the side, there is no guarantee he will start again against the Villans, which makes Danny Ings a very good candidate for a start in a decent matchup at home. Many gave up hope on him in draft leagues and could make for a decent plug and play there and in salary leagues as well.
Source: The Guardian
Wed, Sep 23, 2015 02:34:00 PM

Brendan Rodgers has stated that Christian Benteke's removal at halftime against Norwich City was a precautionary measure.

According to Rodgers: "His hamstring felt a little bit tight so there was no point in risking it. We had fresh players on the side." Just as Daniel Sturridge returns to action, another important forward has been injury flagged. It sounds for now like a week off should be enough for the Belgian striker, but be sure to get confirmation later in the week if you need him for fantasy purposes.
Mon, Sep 21, 2015 03:56:00 PM

Liverpool will hand a late fitness test to Christian Benteke after the Belgium striker was forced off during Sundays’ Euro qualifying win over Cyprus.

Benteke had been struggling with a thigh problem before Red Devils coach Marc Wilmots confirmed before the Group B game "He is fine. Hats off to the medical staff. He is 100 percent." However Benteke was replaced by domestic team mate Divock Origi at half-time in Nicosia. Originally thought to be a tactical switch news is now beginning to emerge that Benteke may have been struggling with his thigh which needs to be assessed by the Liverpool medical team. Having already lost Philippe Coutinho because of suspension, Brendan Rodgers will be hoping Benteke can make the game with Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, Joe Allen and Daniel Sturridge all expected to miss out.
Tue, Sep 8, 2015 02:46:00 PM

Christian Benteke is expected to miss Belgium’s Euro qualifier against Bosnia on Thursday after going for a scan following complaints of tenderness in his thigh.

Fortunately further tests revealed only minor damage and the injury should be short-term. Benteke is yet to train since joining the Red Devils – Belgium National Team – but could yet feature if the striker proves himself on Wednesday. The news will concern Liverpool who have only just welcomed Daniel Sturridge back to the club following an injury plagued year in which Rodgers called into question the handling of his striker while on international duty. Benteke is expected to be okay for GW5 but Danny Ings is available along with Divock Origi if the big Belgian fails to recover in time.
Wed, Sep 2, 2015 10:30:00 AM

Christian Benteke scored his first league goal as a member of Liverpool, though it should not have counted, as the Reds were lucky to grab three points in a 1-0 win over AFC Bournemouth.

The Reds have looked far from dominant in the opening two weeks, yet they sit on six points from two after a late Coutinho goal last week and Benteke's questionable volley today. Jordan Henderson sent a cross that showed Coutinho to be in an offside position and under new rules, the play should have been flagged as he attempted to get a touch of the ball before it found Benteke at the back post. Perhaps it may take some more time for this side to settle and for Roberto Firmino to make an impact, but so far the "new-look" Liverpool attack is not looking very impressive.
Source: NBC Sports
Mon, Aug 17, 2015 05:02:00 PM

Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino made their much-anticipated debuts for Liverpool today but it was Benteke that grabbed the headlines with a superb strike as the Reds downed Swindon Town, 1-2.

Well, he's ready. After a goalless first half between the two sides, Benteke's master stroke came a few minutes into the second frame. He chested a pass at the top of the box and whipped his leg around on the volley to positively smash the back of the Swindon net. It was a display of power only a select few strikers on the planet possess and is a testament to how lethal the Belgian beast can be. The general thinking was that he would not be ready as as starting option for Brendan Rodgers in week one, and it would make sense for Danny Ings to get an opportunity before giving way, but it might prove difficult for Rodgers to resist. Outside of Aguero, Rooney, Costa, Sanchez (if classified as such) and Kane, there is not a more coveted forward to own heading into the season.
Source: Sky Sports
Sun, Aug 2, 2015 01:42:00 PM

After weeks of building speculation, Liverpool have officially worked out a deal with Aston Villa that sees prized striker Christian Benteke heading for Anfield.

Details of the transfer are still pending but the Reds official website have called the signing a "long-term deal" and part of the agreement was for Liverpool to compensate the release clause in the Belgian's Villa contract. Make no mistake, the addition of Benteke and Ings does not signal a return to the kind of goal rate the club enjoyed when Luis Suarez was around, but it is all but guaranteed to be an improvement on last season's acquisitions of Mario Balotelli and Ricky Lambert. Benteke has hit a rut with Villa until Tim Sherwood shows up. If he can continue the form he displayed in the second half last season, he projects to be one of the top goal scorers in 2015/2016. The thought of Ings being a shoe-in as a Week 1 starter is now under major threat.
Wed, Jul 22, 2015 04:13:00 PM

Christian Benteke is reportedly in Liverpool today for a medical ahead of his long-rumored transfer to Liverpool FC.

There was a brief time where Benteke was rumored to be heading to Manchester United instead but it appears that he will be Liverpool's seventh signing of the summer. The fit is an odd one given Liverpool's style of play but if Brendan Rodgers is flexible then a healthy Daniel Sturridge and Benteke with Roberto Firmino behind them could be a potent attacking trio. There would definitely be some shuffling to be done to get Benteke, Firmino, Sturridge, Milner, Coutinho, Henderson, and maybe even Adam Lallana. That's a lot of players to fit in (presumably) five attack-oriented spots but Rodgers will figure it out if he's the right man for the job.
Fri, Jul 17, 2015 10:32:00 AM