Brendan Rodgers defends Christian Benteke after Liverpool missed chance

The Reds boss stated that the Belgian did all he could but it was a great save by Petr Cech.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has moved to defend Christian Benteke after the Belgian striker missed a glorious close-range chance against Arsenal, telling the club’s official website that the burly forward did everything he could to score.

The Reds played out a highly entertaining 0-0 draw against the Gunners last night and dominated a prolonged period of the first half at the Emirates Stadium.

Despite some excellent opportunities to break the deadlock, the visitors failed to take their chances, with Philippe Coutinho striking the woodwork twice.

The best chance fell to Benteke, who saw an effort saved by Petr Cech from six yards, when it looked easier for the former Aston Villa man to score.

Rodgers has stated that the powerful centre forward could have done no more in his efforts to score and praised Cech for the stop before hailing Simon Mignolet also.

“[It was a] great ball in by [Roberto] Firmino and a great save,” the Northern Irish manager told the Liverpool official site.

“He had a period of about 10-15 minutes, Petr, where he made some fantastic saves. I think [Christian] has done everything he possibly could, he's stretching on it and he gets his contact.

“It was a good save and congratulations to the ‘keeper. Both ‘keepers were good, I thought – Simon Mignolet had to make a couple of good saves for us.”

Benteke is under the spotlight after the Reds agreed to pay his substantial £32.5 million Aston Villa release clause, with the former Genk man signed to offset the loss of Raheem Sterling over the summer.

The Belgian got his first Reds goal in the 1-0 win over Bournemouth last week but is expected to fire the club towards the top four this season.

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