Chelsea legend: Why Christian Benteke won’t fit Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool vision
Pat Nevin explains why Christian Benteke could struggle to fit into Liverpool side under Jurgen Klopp
Christian Benteke will struggle to get into Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side, according to Pat Nevin.
The Belgium international came off the bench in the second half of Liverpool’s 4-1 victory over Manchester City in Saturday’s clash at The Etihad, teeing up Martin Skrtel for the Reds’s fourth.
Benteke has scored two Premier League goals in four top-flight games since Klopp took over the reins from Brendan Rodgers in October.
While Nevin believes Daniel Sturridge will be a key part of Klopp’s vision for Liverpool, the ex-Chelsea midfielder is tipping Benteke to spend a lot of time on the bench.
“I still don’t think he does,” Nevin told Newstalk’s Off The Ball.
“From the moment Klopp walked in the door, his style is not Klopp’s style. He does like big centre-forwards. But there is a slight difference between Benteke and some of the other forwards that he had. Their technique is much, much better.
“He will use him but I’m convinced he wants Sturridge on the pitch and not Benteke. He might come in and do the job. Is he the future of Liverpool under Klopp? Absolutely not.”
Benteke has netted four goals in 10 Premier League appearances for the Reds after a £32.5m move to the Merseyside outfit from Aston Villa in the summer transfer window.
The Reds are six points behind fourth-placed Arsenal after Liverpool’s impressive 4-1 win against Manuel Pellegrini’s side at Etihad Stadium.