Liverpool's Christian Benteke offers fitness update ahead of key Chelsea clash

Benteke missed the midweek League Cup win over Bournemouth with a knee problem.

Liverpool forward Christian Benteke appears to have given his side a much needed injury boost ahead of this weekend's game with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, while speaking to the club's official website.

The Belgian missed the midweek League Cup win over Bournemouth with a knee complaint he picked up in the latter stages of the 1-1 draw with Southampton, shortly after scoring his third goal of the season, but has suggested he should be fine to lead the line when Jurgen Klopp's side take on the Premier League champions in their own back yard this weekend. 

He told the official Liverpool website: “I’m good. I just felt something during the game against Southampton last week. Now it’s behind me and I’m looking forward to the Chelsea game.

“It was a bit hard for me during the transfer window – I didn’t really have a normal pre-season. Now I’m trying to get back to my old level.

“Injuries are part of football but I’m trying to do everything I can to be fit for the rest of the season and to play every game. I try to stay as long as possible [at Melwood] to be really fully fit.”

Benteke is likely to take the place of countryman Divock Origi, who has started each of the four games Klopp has taken charge of since his arrival on Merseyside, with many suggesting that the 20-year-old has struggled to offer much of a threat in the final third - though he was perhaps not expecting to be see this much game time so early in his Liverpool career, as Danny Ings and Daniel Sturridge are still in the treatment room.

But Benteke has backed Origi to show he has what it takes to make an effective contribution for the Reds, saying: “I like Divock and I like this type of player. He has great quality, I think everyone knows it in the team and now he just has to show it on the pitch.”

The experience of leading the line will have been a learning curve for Origi, especially in such a high pressure environment in front of expectant supporters.

But if you look at the second half against Southampton, the Reds looked a more threatening and a better attacking unit with Benteke on the field, and perhaps feel they should have done more to test the opposition and tried to kill the game off - something which Liverpool haven't done for some time. 

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