Micky Quinn: Why Liverpool must sell this striker
Micky Quinn doesn't believe Christian Benteke has a future at Liverpool
Micky Quinn says Liverpool have to sell Christian Benteke in the summer transfer window.
The Belgium international was an unused substitute in Liverpool’s League Cup final defeat at Wembley on Sunday.
I really think he’ll be gone in the summer
Jurgen Klopp turned to Benteke’s compatriot Divock Origi with Liverpool trailing in the second half ahead of the £32.5m signing.
Benteke has been out-of-favour under Klopp since the start of 2016 and has fallen further down the pecking order since Daniel Sturridge’s return.
Former Newcastle United striker Quinn can’t see a future for Benteke at the 18-time English champions beyond the summer.
“Benteke’s gone. I don’t like to say it, but I’m afraid he’s gone,” Quinn told talkSPORT.
“He just doesn’t fit in with Klopp’s mentality of that versatile front three, where they’re closing people down, running into the channels and getting back to defend as well – a mobile front three. He just doesn’t fit into Klopp’s brand of football.
“I really think he’ll be gone in the summer, unless he wants to work with him over pre-season to get him onto that mentality. But I don’t think so, I think he’ll be gone.
“On numerous occasions, when Benteke and Origi have been on the bench, Klopp has turned to Origi. You get that with managers. Some, when they come into clubs, fancy some players and don’t fancy others.”
Benteke became Liverpool’s second most-expensive signing of all-time after a £32.5m switch to Anfield from Aston Villa under Klopp’s predecessor Brendan Rodgers.
Benteke has scored seven times in all competitions so far this season but the 24-year-old has only started 12 Premier League games.
Liverpool host Manchester City in the Premier League at Anfield on Wednesday night following Sunday’s loss.