Liverpool FC manager claims Christian Benteke has future at club
Christian Benteke used sparingly by Jurgen Klopp since German replaced Brendan Rodgers
January 20th, 2016
Liverpool FC will face Exeter City this evening with a team largely made up of youngsters, although Christian Benteke is likely to be one of the household names selected.
The Belgian was a £32.5m move from Aston Villa in the summer and looked lively during the Reds’ opening matches under Brendan Rodgers, although he’s been a bit-part player under Jurgen Klopp.
Many supporters feel as though Klopp is just biding his time before moving Benteke on in the summer, although the German claims that the striker still has a future at Anfield despite him being fielded sparingly.
“You are too quick in your judgements,” said Klopp, when asked if the 25-year-old featured in his long-term plans. “If I worked like this I would send players who miss chances to the next club or whatever. Stay cool. Of course he has a future, that is not a question.
“What we have to do is think what team fits together for the special game. For the next game it could be different. We have to think about how we create chances. First of all we cannot hope that we get the ball into the box and then maybe Christian will finish it.
“He is a goalscorer and makes chances and so on, that is all good, but this is how it works – we make a starting line-up and it ends at 11, then we make the bench. He has always the possibility to play.”