Former Liverpool striker Christian Benteke has admitted that he regrets signing for Liverpool in 2015 as he feels he wasn’t given enough time to prove himself.
The big Belgian managed ten goals in 42 appearances for the Reds – a dramatic downturn from his record at Aston Villa where he averaged a goal every 179 minutes.
Benteke spent one season at Anfield before joining Crystal Palace. Speaking to TalkSPORT (via Birmingham Mail), the former Red said: “That was a regret. I don’t like that term but I wish I had more time to prove myself because I could have shown a better Benteke.”
He fared well in his first season away from Liverpool, netting 17 goals in all competitions, but has since managed just five goals in three years.
There is no doubt Benteke’s was a star in his peak, but he was unfortunately edged out of the team by new signing Mario Balotelli.
The Belgian will be best remembered by Liverpool fans for that unreal bicycle kick against Manchester United at Old Trafford – it’s just a shame we lost the game!
— The Anfield Wrap (@TheAnfieldWrap) September 12, 2016
The Reds’ playing style was moving away from having a poacher in front of goal anyway, with Roberto Firmino thriving in the ‘false nine’ role and a certain Jurgen Klopp overhauling the stale tactics.