Does this interview explain why Christian Benteke is struggling at Liverpool?

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The 25-year-old is currently failing to produce in front of goal.

There seems an inevitability about a big-money striker failing at Liverpool these days. The pressure gets to them and the faults are mental rather than physical or technical.

Christian Benteke is another sufferer of Liverpool Striker Syndrome.

The Belgian has scored the odd goal this season and netted an absolutely spectacular effort at Old Trafford against Manchester United. But consistency and quality have been very hard to come by for the former Aston Villa man and Benteke is currently on a poor run of form.

Could this interview explain why? Indeed, according to the Daily Mirror, he said the following about Tim Sherwood's criticism of him before he joined the Reds:

"I don’t believe that and I told him - I spoke with him and I explained to him the situation. I said football has changed and football now is modern and I can adapt.

"It is not just about crossing, I can score normal goals, too. I told him I am not afraid about it. If Liverpool bought me, then they know how to use me.

"Is that aspect of my game overlooked? I think so - that is why I came here and I can show I can play with my feet, too."

At the time, it was an unnecessary outburst. And now it looks even more so. It seemed to convey a nervousness, a sense that Benteke himself was doubting his ability to fit in at Liverpool, hence an extremely defensive attitude.

If any striker is signed for a huge transfer fee, they don't need to explain anything or try to justify why their new club has bought them. They simply need to score goals.

But the fact Benteke even acknowledged that there were doubts about him fitting in said it all. To this day, it has been evident in his play. The 25-year-old is extremely nervous - and it shows.

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