Former Man United man backs Liverpool star to thrive under Jurgen Klopp
Former Man United defender Danny Higginbotham backs Christian Benteke to thrive under Jurgen Klopp's guidance
Christian Benteke will thrive under new Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, according to Danny Higginbotham.
The Reds striker scored two goals in five Premier League games before the Belgium international suffered a hamstring injury.
Klopp seems to want his centre-forward to not necessarily be the quickest, but perhaps drop into the number 10 position which allows the others to get beyond him
Benteke, who scored against Bournemouth on his Anfield debut, moved to Liverpool from Aston Villa in a £32.5m deal in the summer transfer window.
While some former professionals have suggested Benteke won’t suit Klopp’s desired style of player, retired defender Higginbotham believes the towering striker will prove a hit under the 48-year-old German.
“Benteke would work fine. If you look at the 4-2-3-1 formations that have worked well throughout Europe over the last few years, the three players have always been quicker than the one up front,” Higginbotham told Sportsmole.
“Lewandowski is quick, but he’s not as quick naturally as Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery and Thomas Muller at Bayern Munich,” said former Manchester United and Stoke City defender Higginbotham.
“When he was at Dortmund, he wasn’t as quick as the likes of Marco Reus, Shinji Kagawa, Mario Gotze or Pierre Emerick Aubameyang. These are players with genuine pace. Klopp seems to want his centre-forward to not necessarily be the quickest, but perhaps drop into the number 10 position which allows the others to get beyond him.
“If you look at someone like Benteke, behind him you could have the likes of Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho, who can get beyond. Then, the likes of James Milner and Jordan Henderson will protect in midfield while the full-backs can get forward and put crosses in, which also brings Benteke into the game.”
Benteke has scored against Bournemouth and Manchester United in the Premier League this season.
The Belgian forward isn’t expected to line up against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane in the Premier League on Saturday lunchtime.
The Merseyside outfit are in 10th place in the Premier League table and six points behind current leaders Manchester City.