Jamie Carragher reacts to Christian Benteke’s winner after Liverpool win 2-1 at Palace
Jamie Carragher explains why he feels sorry for Liverpool's match-winner Christian Benteke
Jamie Carragher has heaped praise on Christian Benteke after the Liverpool striker scored a late penalty to seal a 2-1 win at Crystal Palace on Sunday.
The Belgium international came off the bench to win an added-time penalty before the 25-year-old stepped up and dispatched the spot-kick to seal three points.
It is like he has become a fourth-choice striker
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has used the £32.5m signing sparingly since the former Borussia Dortmund boss replaced Brendan Rodgers at Anfield in October.
Benteke has started just six Premier League games since the German was named as Rodgers’s successor.
Former Liverpool centre-half Carragher explained why he feels sorry for the expensive summer signing after his winner at Selhurst Park.
“I am pleased for Benteke,” Carragher told Sky Sports. “He was a big money signing and it hasn’t quite worked out for him.
“You feel for him at times. Klopp has played Origi and brought him on as a sub. It is like he has become a fourth-choice striker.
“He has never gone to the press and complained whenever he has come on.
“You could expect a different reaction from someone who doesn’t play.”
Benteke has scored seven goals and has made two assists in 24 Premier League appearances so far this season.
The towering Belgian striker has only started 12 top-flight games under Rodgers and Klopp.
Liverpool are in seventh place in the Premier League table following their 2-1 win.