By Harry Sykes
West Brom have made an enquiry for Liverpool outcast Christian Benteke, according to a report.
The Belgian joined Liverpool for £32.5million from Aston Villa last summer but has not started a Premier League match since the start of January after failing to convince Jurgen Klopp.
The Mail claim Benteke is being eyed by West Brom as a possible summer replacement for Saido Berahino.
Tottenham are leading the race to sign Berahino, who will have only one year remaining on his contract at the end of the season and is being targeted for a £22million move.
Liverpool are said to be ready to sell Benteke in the summer as they look to strengthen their squad but the fee and the striker’s wages could be a sticking point.
The former Villa man, who has not featured for the Merseysiders since 20 March, suffered a knee injury during the last international break and has watched from the sidelines as Divock Origi has firmly established himself as Jurgen Klopp’s number one frontman.
But Origi’s absence with damaged ankle ligaments coincides with the impending return of the older of the two Belgium internationals.
“When one door shuts, another door opens,” Klopp said at his media conference on Friday afternoon, as quoted by the Mirror website. “The good news is that Christian feels good. He wants to train. We will give him a few more days. No more training yet.”
Benteke’s return could come at the perfect time after the shattering Liverpool injury news that Origi is set for four to six weeks on the sidelines after being stretched off in the second half of the 4-0 victory over Everton on Wednesday night.
Origi scored in both legs of the extraordinary Europa League quarter-final triumph over Borussia Dortmund and was again on the scoresheet during the 4-0 rout against local rivals Everton on Wednesday night.
The young Belgian had displaced Daniel Sturridge as the new No1 front man at Anfield, and now Benteke could challenge the England international for a starting place.