Christian Benteke is a Crystal Palace player now and scored his first goal last weekend too – but is still being asked about his fated 12 months on Merseyside…
Liverpool spent huge money on the Belgian hitman in summer 2015, but when Jurgen Klopp took charge, Benteke fell down the striking pecking order.
He kicked off a few times in the press towards the end of his Liverpool career, but nothing too disrespectful was said – the forward was just frustrated by a lack of playing time and the fact his dream move wasn’t working out how he hoped.
These comments though are pretty classy.
“It was an honour to play for Liverpool, such a big club with such a big history,” Benteke told Sky Sports.
“I didn’t play or perform as I wanted. It was my decision to go there and I don’t regret anything.
“I didn’t have the chances to perform. I learned that’s football. That is why I have no anger against anyone there.”
Fair play to the man.
Under Alan Pardew at Palace he’ll get guaranteed minutes up top for a team which swings in crosses from the flanks, so we predict he’ll do well.
As a target-man he’s very capable, it’s just that under Klopp, Liverpool do not and will not require that kind of striker. We need forwards who press off the ball and make telling runs to open space when we’re in it, as well as being able to interchange positions.
With Daniel Sturridge, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Coutinho, we have just that.