If Christian Benteke truly plans on saving his Liverpool career, he’s got a month in which to do it.
Jurgen Klopp is without Divock Origi, who’s out for the season with an ankle injury piked up during the Merseyside Derby and Danny Ings – who’s been injured for the entirety of the German’s reign.
Daniel Sturridge will be the starting centre-forward, but with Klopp keen to rest Sturridge in less important matches to keep him fresh for bigger ones, there’s a rotation position for Benteke – now he’s returning to health.
The news was confirmed by Belgian journalist Kristoff Terreur, who reckons the 25-year-old striker is almost ready.
Christian Benteke is close to full fitness by the way after his knee injury. #LFC
— Kristof Terreur (@HLNinEngeland) April 20, 2016
Benteke hasn’t played since our defeat to Southampton, and remarkably hasn’t started a match since the FA Cup clash with West Ham in February – which was lost at the end of Extra Time after countless misses from the striker.
Since then, Benteke’s issued contradictory statements regarding his Anfield future; first claiming he’s unhappy, then suggesting he’s ready to stay and fight.
West Brom are the latest club linked with Benteke (via Daily Mail), who despite expressing a desire to stay, is potentially no longer needed by Klopp’s regime.
Still, injuries to fellow forwards and his return will likely see him get minutes from now until the end of the season. It’s up to the forward to prove he deserves a role in the squad going forward.