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Christian Benteke | Forward

Team: Liverpool
Age / DOB:  (24) / 12/3/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 183

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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 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. Sep 23 - 2:34 PM
Source: The Guardian

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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.
Sep 21 - 3:56 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.
Sep 8 - 2:46 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.
Sep 2 - 10:30 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
Aug 17 - 5:02 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
Aug 2 - 1:42 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.

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.
Jul 17 - 10:32 AM

The Sunday Express reveal that Liverpool are expected to meet the buy-out clause for Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke.

The big Belgium would cost near $50 million and represent Brendan Rodgers’ seventh major purchase of the summer. The arrival of Benteke is likely to see fringe players Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini move on while Mario Balotelli has reportedly been linked with a move to Tyneside although new manager Steve McClaren is not keen. Raheem Sterling will report to pre-season training on Monday but the England winger could complete a move to the Etihad within the next 7-days and former full-back Glen Johnson [released] is believed to be on the verge of a move to West Ham.
Jul 5 - 11:41 AM

Christian Benteke claims that his agent will be the one to decide his future as he knows what the player wants.

There are a number of rumors for Benteke to leave Aston Villa this summer and it seems like it will happen sooner or later. Arsenal, Mancester United, and Liverpool are considered the favorites but Benteke's choice is probably one of the former two since he wants to play in the Champions League. His agent was also recorded earlier this week saying that Benteke will indeed leave Aston Villa, so the rumors are getting stronger and stronger about his departure. His fantasy stock will depend strongly on where he ends up.
Jun 2 - 10:31 AM

Tim Sherwood is urging Christian Benteke to sign a new deal with Aston Villa.

Benteke ended the season in hot form and that has refueled speculation of big clubs chasing after the striker. He scored 11 goals in his last 13 matches to end the season and that's the kind of form that big teams are after. There are obvious question about Benteke as well, such as injury history and inconsistency, but the striker should still command a respectable fee. Aston Villa will be busy during the transfer window and Benteke could find himself gone. A bigger club would likely increase his fantasy stock.
Source: Sky Sports
May 31 - 7:43 PM

Tim Sherwood is convinced that Christian Benteke will stay at Aston Villa despite the interest of bigger clubs.

Benteke's late season goal surge has resulted in 15 goals for the striker and he once again looks like himself after a prolonged injury absence. The big clubs are again rumored to be going after him, but Tim Sherwood is more than convinced he'll stay. Sherwood says Benteke is happy at the club and wants to be there next season. Regardless of where he ends up, Benteke will have a lot of fantasy value next season if he can stay healthy.
Source: Sky Sports
May 23 - 1:34 PM

Christian Benteke has come alive under Tim Sherwood and his revival is rumored to be making him a £30million target for Liverpool.

Christian Benteke is a hard one to evaluate heading into the summer. He was a prized target heading into last summer before he tore his Achilles. He struggled for much of the season but came to life over the past two months under the tutelage of Stiker Whisperer Tim Sherwood. Benteke's revival has led to a return of his status as a sought-after commodity over the summer. Surely Liverpool and Spurs will be interested and it wouldn't be shocking if Chelsea, Manchester United or Arsenal added their names to the list in addition to some significant continental clubs (Atletico Madrid, perhaps).
May 20 - 12:30 PM

Christian Benteke scored again for Aston Villa in their 6-1 loss to Southampton.

Southampton dominated Aston Villa this past weekend but Christian Benteke still found a way to be on the score-sheet. Benteke has reached top form in the past two months and has been on an incredible scoring spree. He looks like he has recovered fully from his injury and he will certainly be a fantasy force next season, whether he plays at Aston Villa or not. He will be a hot commodity in fantasy drafts next year.
Source: Sky Sports
May 18 - 3:45 PM

Christian Benteke kept up his scoring form with another goal for Aston Villa, but Southampton displayed a lethal attack and whipped the Lions, 6-1.

Make that eleven goals in the last ten for Benteke but his goal today came with the Villans already down by five. The defense was a shambles and were responsible for conceding the fastest hat trick in league history to Sadio Mane early on. The lone goal came in first half stoppage time when Leandro Bacuna made his way down the left, sent a cross into the area, and Benteke rose high to power home a header. It could me understandable how Villa may not have heads in this one, the FA Cup final is the real focus at this stage, but they aren't safe just yet and need to rebound defensively next week to boost their confidence ahead of the trophy match.
Source: NBC Sports
May 16 - 9:55 AM