Speaking to the Daily Mail, Martin Keown has claimed that Christian Benteke can have the same influence on Liverpool as Robert Lewandowski did at Borussia Dortmund, when Jurgen Klopp was head coach of the German club.
Keown said: “He [Klopp] has to play Christian Benteke. At Dortmund he had Robert Lewandowski as his main man so he likes to use a central striker and Benteke can be that man.”
Benteke has scored two goals since Klopp was appointed head coach of Liverpool, netting against Southampton and Chelsea in successive weeks.
Against Chelsea, the forward made a solid cameo appearance, scoring and assisting a goal in just 26 minutes on the field of play, and showing he has all the abilities to lead the line as a lone striker.
During his time with Aston Villa, Benteke proved his class and talent as an all-round forward, and he needs to live up to this billing at Anfield.
During his time at Dortmund, Klopp could call upon Robert Lewandowski to lead the line, and he developed into one of the best strikers in world football. Able to fulfil any role needed, he was perfect as a lone forward, and Benteke needs to start emulating the Polish international.
Scoring goals has been one of Liverpool’s major weaknesses this season, but if Benteke can start to grow into his role as leading striker, the Reds may just be able to improve their fortunes in the final third.