Liverpool boosted as injured-plagued star in contention to start Europa League clash

Liverpool star Christian Benteke is in contention to start in their Europa League clash against Rubin Kazan this Thursday, according to reports from the Express.

Benteke has been plagued with injuries since his arrival from Aston Villa during the summer, failing to get a consistent run of games for his new club.

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The Belgium international only made the bench when Jurgen Klopp’s men travelled to Stamford Bridge to face champions Chelsea, with Roberto Firmino picked ahead of him as the lone front man.

However, Benteke came on in the second half and provided an assist and scored his side’s third in a magnificent 3-1 victory.

And Klopp, who was only appointed as Liverpool’s new manager a few weeks ago, is becoming confident that Benteke can be the club’s main striker and may start him against Rubin Kazan this week.

“The decision between Roberto and Christian… Christian was not 100 per cent, so he needs time to play,” he said.

“Now he is a big step ahead so we can plan with him.

“He played against Southampton, then Bournemouth he couldn’t – little problems. We could bring him on with fresh legs. That’s perfect.”

But Benteke’s fitness could give Klopp a welcomed dilemma, with the German also praising Firmino who filled Benteke’s role well on Saturday.

“Roberto is very important in this position for us because he can hold the ball,” he explained.

“He plays between the lines and he is very creative. He can do much better, that’s the good news, but it was not too bad.”