Rafa Honigstein comments on what Jurgen Klopp can do with Christian Benteke

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Christian Benteke arrived at Liverpool as the club's second most expensive player in the summer, and has yet to start a game under Jurgen Klopp.

Christian Benteke has been described as the most 'unlike Klopp player' in the Liverpool squad by German football expert Rafa Honigstein, but he thinks the recently appointed Reds boss can turn Benteke into a superstar if the players buy into the manager's methods.

Benteke arrived in the summer for £32.5 million from Aston Villa, as reported by BT Sport, and scored his first goal since Jurgen Klopp's appointment as Liverpool manager - his third of the season - during last weekend's 1-1 draw with Southampton at Anfield.

Honigstein said there is no player in the current Liverpool side who can't work under the German.

The BT Sport German football expert said: "I don't see anyone in this Liverpool team who for some reason or another could not work under Klopp. Benteke in many ways is probably the most unlike Klopp player. He's never had an out-and-out centre forward like him. At the same time, he has shown he is versatile enough to work with a number of players as long as they buy into him and into his tactics, and into the work-rate he demands.

"I don't think he is somebody who says 'I only want this type' and he's worked with a number of players, and most of them have played better under him than before - so I think he can do that with the Liverpool players as well."

When talking specifically strikers, he admitted that while Benteke may not be the most suited to Klopp's style, he is the type of player that Klopp could turn into a superstar, having previously overseen the development of Robert Lewandowski and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at Borussia Dortmund. 

He added: "With Benteke playing at his [Klopp's] level, or making the sort of improvement that we have seen from Lewandowski and Aubameyang over their first two years at the club respectively, will turn him into a superstar if he can make that step up these guys have done."

Benteke has certainly shown flashes of why Klopp's predecessor Brendan Rodgers felt the need to spend so much money on him to bring him to Anfield. Two out of his three goals so far - the overhead kick against Manchester United and his most recent header against Southampton - have been goals of the highest calibre - and you could argue they both came out of nowhere. 

At the age of 24, there is still plenty of development left in the Belgian, but he will hope that injuries don't hold him back too much at Anfield after missing the cup tie against Bournemouth with a knee injury, and has been unable to start under Klopp as he's been eased back into action due to a hamstring strain he picked up last month. 

Despite his most recent injury, Klopp said he was hopeful that Benteke will be lining up for the Reds when they take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge this weekend in the Premier League, as the German will be hoping to notch his first league win in charge of the Reds.

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