Richard Keys makes a worrying prediction about Benteke's Liverpool career

Paisley Gateway

The Belgian recently joined the Reds from Aston Villa but could there be doubts about his fitness?

Controversial television presenter Richard Keys feels Christian Benteke's medical took so long because the Liverpool striker's fitness is a concern, according to his blog.

Last summer, Liverpool turned down the chance to sign Loic Remy as the Frenchman had failed a medical at Melwood. There were no such problems this time around as the Anfield outfit secured a deal for Aston Villa striker Benteke.

Not according to Keys, though, who fears the former Aston Villa man could miss plenty of games through injury next term.

He wrote in his blog: "Why did it take so long for Benteke's move to Anfield to get done? When a players' [sic] medical takes as long as his did alarm bells always ring for me.

"I made a few calls and I think I may end up being right on this one as well. It'll be interesting to see how many games Benteke plays this season."

The way Keys has gone about his claim doesn't do him any favours - 'a few calls' and the odd basic grammatical error hardly qualify as earth-shattering investigative reporting. But it's an interesting premise nevertheless: Benteke had his injury struggles at Aston Villa and Liverpool fans are all-too-familiar with the concept of a front man who is rarely fit to play (Daniel Sturridge).

Benteke is a good striker and one of the Premier League's top overall scorers over the last few years. But Liverpool's style certainly needs adapting to the Belgian. If that can be done, the former Villa man's fitness letting him down really would be a cruel blow.

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