Benteke may have scored a stunning goal for the Reds against Manchester United, but it was in vain.
Liverpool striker Christian Benteke has said his side needs to 'show more' in light of their 3-1 defeat to Manchester United, and told the club's official website that he is unable to take any sort of satisfaction from his stunning strike which gave a brief flicker of hope the Reds could leave Old Trafford with at least a point.
The past couple of games in particular from the Reds have not been to the desired standard and the optimism generated from the opening three games has been stopped in its tracks.
Benteke said to Liverpool's website: “For my own confidence it was good, [it is] for a striker to score, but at the end of the day I would have rather taken the three points and so I’m disappointed.
“When I scored, I thought in my mind that maybe we could come back, but they scored to make it 3-1 and that killed our hopes.
“We have to show more. When you play for a club like Liverpool, you have to show more. That’s what we’re going to do now in training – work hard,work hard and try to play well.”
The one bright spark from the game is that Benteke showed he can produce something seemingly out of nothing by getting his second goal since his £32.5 million switch from Aston Villa. Two goals from five games is an OK start for player that has seem isolated and had limited service from his teammates since his arrival.
It looks as if it will take more than hard work for the Reds to put things right as there seems to be a lot of square pegs in round holes as they try and cope with bedding in so many new faces into the side once again, though some of the signings on paper look like pretty good ones.
But the same 4-3-3 system - which sometimes reverts to 4-4-1-1, that looked pretty stale towards the end of last season has been persisted with this time around and it doesn't seem to be showing much signs of improving.
Hard work is part of it, but playing players in roles where they are more comfortable and a degree of leadership is required.