Jurgen Klopp urged to start Christian Benteke for Liverpool v Leicester City

Jan Molby says Jurgen Klopp needs to go back to basics for Liverpool's clash against Leicester City on Boxing Day

Jurgen Klopp has to start Christian Benteke for Liverpool’s clash against Leicester City, according to Jan Molby.

The Reds striker was named on the bench for last weekend’s 3-0 loss to Watford before the Belgium international came off the bench in the second half at Vicarage Road.

Benteke will give Liverpool someone to hit and a way of playing

Jan Molby

Benteke has started just six of Klopp’s 14 games in charge of the Anfield outfit since the charismatic 48-year-old was named as Brendan Rodgers’s successor in October.

Former Liverpool midfielder Molby believes Klopp needs to go back to basics for the visit of the Premier League leaders at Anfield on Boxing Day afternoon.

“Christian Benteke has to start up front for Liverpool against Leicester City,” Molby told the Liverpool Echo.

“When you’re not playing well – and Liverpool certainly aren’t – it’s not the time to be trying new things or playing people out of position. The false nine and front three just didn’t work against Watford.

“Benteke will give Liverpool someone to hit and a way of playing. It has the makings of a superb game which could just get wild and out of control. At that stage Liverpool will want a situation where they can get the ball into Benteke’s feet and calm the game down a bit for a while.”

Benteke has scored four goals in 14 Premier League games for Liverpool following his £32.5m move to Anfield from Aston Villa in the summer transfer window.

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Liverpool are in ninth place in the Premier League table and 14 points behind surprise leaders Leicester after an emphatic 3-0 loss to promoted side Watford on Sunday.

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