Our Belgian goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has said his compatriot Christian Benteke is fighting for his Liverpool future.
The striker has endured a miserable season since his £32.5 million switch from Aston Villa last summer, scoring just eight goals in 35 appearances in all competitions (of which 18 were starts).
He has dropped behind Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi, and Roberto Firmino in the pecking order, and could yet also find himself behind Danny Ings by the time next season rolls around.
However, Mignolet says the 25-year-old is doing everything within his power to impress Klopp and the club’s hierarchy.
“Everyone knows his qualities,” he said (via Echo).
“When you’re a footballer, you want to play in all the matches and it’s not easy when you’re on the bench.
“He’s continuing to work hard at training and for his place. He does his best every day.”
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Mignolet also discussed our hugely disappointing result against Southampton at the weekend along with the Europa League draw:
“There are nine matches left and we have to finish as high as possible in the table, but in England there’s a lot of competition (for a top-four finish).
“We’re also hoping to go as far as possible in the Europa League.
“It won’t be easy because we drew Dortmund – they’re without doubt the best team left in the competition.”
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