Liverpool striker Christian Benteke has said he respects the decision of manager Jurgen Klopp when he does not play ahead of the Boxing Day meeting with league leaders Leicester City at Anfield.
The Reds currently trail the Foxes by 14 points ahead of kick-off and could do with a win to have any chance of overhauling them and enhancing their credentials of finishing in the top four after a recent run of form which has seen two damaging defeats on the road at the hands of Newcastle United and Watford.
Benteke told the official club website that he expects Leicester to come to Anfield to show what they can do, but says the Reds have quality themselves, but they have to show it.
“Everyone knows that we have a very big squad with a lot of quality. We have to try to put that quality together.
“Of course we have to respect them but when we play them we have to do everything to try to get the three points.
“I'm feeling good and I want to play because it's a big game. But it's up to the manager and I respect his decision.”
Benteke has struggled to find some good, consistent form since his £32.5million arrival from Aston Villa but there have been flashes of what he can do as he has found the net on five occasions in very different ways.
So far, it seems that Klopp is struggling to work out how to best use him, but the German has acknowledged the injury problems the Belgian has had since he arrived and that getting to full fitness is an important factor.
It will be interesting to see if Benteke starts on Saturday given he was left out of the starting line-up against Watford, and 20-year-old Divock Origi was called upon before his fellow countryman.
The Reds face a tough task at the weekend given their recent results and the confident mood that Leicester will be in when they arrive at Anfield, as they look to at least maintain their two-point cushion at the top of the Premier League.