Jurgen Klopp has decided to name Christian Benteke in Liverpool’s travelling squad for their Europa League semi-final first-leg tie in Villarreal, a game which you can listen live to on talkSPORT.
The Belgium international has not featured for the club since the 3-2 defeat at Southampton on March 20 after sustaining a knee injury training with the international side, but the German boss has called him up for Thursday’s clash due to his lack of striking options.
Daniel Sturridge and Roberto Firmino are ahead of the Belgium international in the pecking order, meaning the best he can expect is a place on the bench, but Benteke’s return is a boost as the in-form Divock Origi is out for up to six weeks.
Liverpool’s other injured striker Danny Ings, who has been out since October with a cruciate knee-ligament injury, is edging closer to rejoining first-team training but is unlikely to feature this season.
However, the club are awaiting the outcome of the Professional Football Compensation Committee’s decision on a valuation for Ings after they met on Tuesday.
Ings joined on a free transfer from Burnley in the summer and the Clarets are entitled to compensation due to his age.
They went into the tribunal looking for a record fee between £10million and £12million having reportedly had a £12million bid from Tottenham despite the player already deciding he wanted to go to Anfield.
Ings gave a personal testimony to the panel and Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre was scheduled to give evidence at the tribunal but he attended the reading of the Hillsborough inquest verdicts so the club’s head of legal Jonathan Bamber represented their case.