Christian Benteke set to leave Liverpool FC this summer
Benteke feels unloved by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp after being left on the sub’s bench
March 24th, 2016
Christian Benteke arrived at Anfield to a big fanfare last summer, although the Belgian has struggled to make an impact for Liverpool FC and hasn’t been helped by the arrival of Jurgen Klopp.
Despite Klopp having previously shown interest in Benteke when Borussia Dortmund manager, the German doesn’t seem to rate the forward now he’s in charge of Liverpool and it would seem likely that the striker will be moved on this summer.
Benteke is certainly confused by his lack of game time for Liverpool and has questioned why Klopp ignores him in preference for the likes of Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi, while Roberto Firmino has also played in the false nine position this term.
“I was obviously happy [moving to Liverpool], I joined a great club. I knew I could face difficult months but in the long run, it would work. At the beginning of season and although I have not scored enough, I showed people that I could play, combine, I was confident for the future.
“I am the first to say that I have not shown enough my worth for club like Liverpool but, on the other hand, when I arrived under Brendan Rodgers, I knew I would have the opportunity to show my qualities, I was worth all that money, I deserved to wear the Liverpool shirt. But now … I knew that the new coach might have a different opinion on me – and that’s what happened.
“I find it bizarre, I do not understand why people say that. I can play pressing and moving a lot. It is not that we play in the Barcelona style.
“I played two full matches in a row since Klopp [arrived]. I went up against Leicester, I scored, I followed up with a game and a goal to Sunderland, and then we lost to West Ham and since then I have been discarded.
“Even my father was annoyed at first by my status as a reservist and told me that I can do nothing. I spoke with Eden [Hazard] and with Marouane [Fellaini], they all gave me the same answer – when a coach does not count on you, you cannot change anything. I never would have signed if I had not been the priority of the coach.”