Christian Benteke is an injury doubt for Crystal Palace’s Premier League clash with Liverpool this weekend, acting as a potential huge boost for the Reds’ inexperienced backline ahead of a season-defining afternoon at Anfield.
The Lowdown: Sink or swim for Liverpool
Jurgen Klopp’s side face an enormous task on Sunday afternoon, with the Eagles heading to Anfield for a final-day meeting.
A win for Liverpool should guarantee a top-four finish – something that looked almost impossible only a few weeks ago – salvaging a season that has long threatened to be a complete disaster.
Last year’s champions are on a run of six wins and two draws from their last eight games, finding form at just the right time and battling their way to key victories.
The Latest: Benteke could miss crucial clash
According to South London News, Benteke is a doubt to face his former club this weekend, with the Palace striker struggling with an achilles issue.
Roy Hodgson is yet to rule him out of the game, but his absence would be a blow for the Eagles, considering he has scored in his last four consecutive appearances.
The Verdict: Potential huge boost for Reds
Should Benteke be deemed unfit, there is no denying that Klopp will be relieved, especially with Nathaniel Phillips and Rhys Williams expected to start at centre-back again.
The Belgian is a huge physical threat, with Williams still maturing in that respect, while his recent eye for goal speaks for itself, as well as the fact he has bagged six strikes in 11 league games against Liverpool.
Williams has been winning 3.3 aerial duels per game this season in the top flight, but Benteke more than doubles that with 6.8 per match.
Frankly, the Reds should be good enough to get the job done, regardless of Benteke playing or not, but the vast majority of supporters would surely rather he wasn’t on the pitch.
In other news, some Liverpool fans are fuming at the choice of officials for the Palace game. Read more here.
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