John Aldridge says he feels sorry for Liverpool's Christian Benteke

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Aldridge feels Benteke isn't being used well enough right now.

Liverpool legend John Aldridge believes that the Reds are not playing to Christian Benteke's strengths, even though the Belgian managed to score a goal of the season contender in the 3-1 defeat to Manchester United on Saturday. 

Aldridge seems to be of the opinion that Liverpool are not getting enough crosses into the box and suggests he looks increasingly isolated by the tactics used by manager Brendan Rodgers currently.

He wrote in his Liverpool Echo column: "The poor lad looked lost at times, ploughing away on his own up front. It’s happening too much at the moment, and it needs to change.

"I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. We have to play to Benteke’s strengths. How many good crosses did we get into the box during the 90 minutes? Nowhere near enough."

Danny Ings was operating in a wider role at Old Trafford and rarely played through the middle to support Benteke, and seems to suggest if he was played through the middle in order to try and help Benteke more, then the Reds will see more from the player they splashed out £32.5 million for.

"Like I say, Ings was wasted in a wide position. That lad is a goalscorer, and a player who can create trouble for defenders. He was a bit unlucky not to get a goal himself, actually.

"Brendan has to find a way of helping Benteke, and in turn allow him to help the team. We’ve spent a lot of money on the big Belgian, we can’t let it go to waste by not using him properly."

The encouraging thing for Benteke is that despite the Reds not seeing the best of him, he has shown two sides of his game in goalscoring. Both in the spectacular with his overhead kick, and by being a poacher in his goal against Bournemouth, even if it shouldn't have stood.

Not only would he be effective from crosses, but playing off the shoulder of the striker and getting in and behind the defence is where he could be effective, while other teammates need to also get beyond him as well in order to create the space for him. 

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