There is good reason to have a lot of sympathy for Christian Benteke given the way his career on Merseyside panned out.
His specific and undeniable attacking expertise seemingly justified his hefty price-tag at the time of his arrival yet his potential to be a prolific Liverpool forward never quite materialised.
The Belgian gave Reds an untimely reminder of what he is capable of a couple of weeks ago when his brace led Crystal Palace to a shock 2-1 win over Jurgen Klopp’s side at Anfield.
Benteke has not only reflected on his recent return to face his former team but also his time at the club overall.
“I can’t be annoyed with him (Klopp). I was frustrated at the time, but in any case, it’s not a person who’ll manage to destroy what I have built or what I will build,” he told Sport Foot, as cited by the Liverpool Echo.
“In my opinion, a failure is when you start a job, you finish it and you fail. But I didn’t have the chance to express myself enough to talk of a failure.”
“Did I want to show him he was wrong when I went back to Anfield? It’s only human, but I didn’t want to force my game. When I scored and even if I tried to hide it, I was very happy. But I stayed respectful.”
Benteke endured a tough time at Liverpool and as obvious an attacking talent as he is, he didn’t quite fit into what Klopp wanted from his team.
It wasn’t his lack of quality at fault for his struggles but instead his style of play simply being incompatible with that of his teammates. He looks far more suited to way Palace approach the game and we wish him the best, as long as he stops scoring against us.