John Aldridge on areas Christian Benteke needs to improve to become more prolific

Aldridge would like both the player and team to adjust to make things work better in the final third.

Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge thinks that Christian Benteke needs adjust his runs in order to be more successful at the club. 

Benteke joined the Reds from Aston Villa for £32.5 million in the summer, as covered by the BBC, and has found the net four times so far, but has yet to find the kind of consistency that he would have liked.

In his Liverpool Echo column, Aldridge has said the Reds need to play the Belgian's strengths, but admits that the 24-year-old also has work to do, along with his teammates, to get the Reds firing in front of goal.

He wrote: "Our finishing let us down against Palace and so did the quality of the crosses coming into the box.

"There were some decent deliveries but not enough. We need to hang up more balls for Christian Benteke towards the far post.

"Benteke is still young and still needs to be taught about his movement. When the ball goes wide, he should be getting beyond the far post and then coming in on to it. He had one really good chance against Palace where he got under it.

"Benteke will score a lot more if he makes that adjustment but the service to him also needs to improve."

Of course, one must take into account both the change of manager and the fact that Benteke has only played two full games under Jurgen Klopp so far - while managing to score in two of his three substitute appearances.

There is a lot of pressure on Benteke at the moment - in part because of his price tag but also because of the injuries to other forwards in the side. He is the most senior forward available and there is a lot of expectation on him to be the main goalscorer. At the moment, he's the joint top scorer with four goals.

But there are times when it seems as though the runs he makes aren't necessarily coordinated with his teammates, while there are other instances when the final ball is lacking from his teammates.

It seems as though this could all come together the more time they spend working together, but there is a real need for Liverpool to find ways to score more than one goal in a game on a more regular basis. 

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