Christian Benteke will be forced to watch Liverpool from the stands until May, having been ruled out for another month with a knee injury.
The Belgian striker has undergone a scan following his return from international duty - where he picked up the problem - and the results have given him an estimated recovery time of four weeks.
The Daily Telegraph cite slight ligament damage as the issue, with Benteke’s Premier League campaign all but over.
The 25-year-old has struggled to make much of an impact this term and would have no doubt been hoping to finish strongly so as to ensure that Jurgen Klopp doesn’t look for other options in the transfer market.
Now facing another struggle
Nevertheless, he’ll have little time to impress when he eventually does return and that, combined with the fact that he hasn’t settled well with Klopp’s style, might bring about a swift end to his Anfield career.
It’s far from certain, but the idea that Liverpool will look to revamp things in Klopp’s first summer transfer window as manager is fairly easy to endorse. Benteke, not top of the pecking order anyway, could find his position at the club under duress, and not being able to prove himself won’t have done his situation any favours.
Klopp could act this summer
So, the question to be pondering is whether or not Klopp will break the bank to bring in another attacking option.
Borussia Dortmund star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been tentatively linked with a switch to Merseyside though it’s more logical to expect an arrival, if one does come to fruition, that involves someone with a slightly lower profile.
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