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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 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. Apr 28 - 1:27 PM
Source: Sky Sports

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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.
Jan 8 - 5:09 PM

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