Former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers spent a lot of money last summer on a striker in the hope of ending his goalscoring problems from the previous season.
The Reds struggled for goals last season after losing Luis Suarez to Barcelona and Rodgers pinned his hopes on the Uruguayan’s strike-partner Daniel Sturridge, but the England striker was injured for most of the season denting Liverpool’s hopes of a successful season.
Rodgers decided to bring in a big money striker and hope that Sturridge’s fitness would improve to give his team more firepower.
Along with another new signing Danny Ings and the arrival of Divock Origi, it seemed as if Liverpool had enough striking options to deal with the new season, but with injuries to Ings and Sturridge, Rodgers’ struggled for results and eventually lost his job after a succession of poor results and performances.
Jurgen Klopp has come in and endured a nightmare in terms of injuries to his squad, but the number of injuries has presented Christian Benteke with a perfect opportunity to prove himself to Klopp and the Liverpool supporters.
But unfortunately he has failed to do so, despite scoring the winning goal in two consecutive Premier League wins during the festive period.
Although Benteke has been scoring goals, his performances have been criticised, with many critics disappointed with his workrate and his movement.
The Belgian international was disappointing in the defeat at West Ham last weekend and dropped for the Capital One Cup Semi-Final first-leg at Stoke on Tuesday despite being the only fit striker in Klopp’s squad.
Klopp made Benteke his captain in a make-shift team to face Exeter City in the hope that the added responsibility to lead a young Liverpool team would inspire the big Belgian.
But Benteke disappointed once again and came in for a lot of criticism after another poor display that saw Liverpool scrape a 2-2 draw to stay in the FA Cup.
Benteke just doesn’t look suited to Klopp’s pressing style of play and he must be running out of chances to impress the German.
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