John Aldridge feels Liverpool striker Christian Benteke deserves more credit

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Aldridge points out that Benteke is Liverpool's top scorer.

Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge believes that Christian Benteke should be given some credit after the side's win over Leicester City on Boxing Day.

Benteke has come in for some criticism so far this season as it looks as if he has struggled to fit in entirely at Anfield, but Aldridge has pointed out that despite the Belgian looking rusty - having been in and out of side either because of injury or team selection - that he is the club's top scorer so far this season.

He did, however, make a mess of adding to his tally near the end of the game as he was generously given onside by the assistant referee and managed to find Wes Morgan on the line rather than the net after Kasper Schmeichel headed up field as the Foxes pushed for a late equaliser.

The Reds legend wrote in his Liverpool Echo column: "Christian Benteke got his chance with the injury to Divock Origi on Saturday and he took it.

"It was a good finish and I think the most noticeable thing about it is the fact he didn’t have time to think about it.

"Compare that to the big chance he missed, where he was offside.

"Then he had too much time to think about it and he messed it up.

"I think it was a bit of rustiness because he hasn’t played a huge amount but mainly a little bit of confidence lacking at this time.

"We should give him some credit though as he’s still Liverpool’s top goalscorer with six now."

One thing that needs to be seen from Benteke is some consistency. Having scored six goals in all competitions, he is probably on course for a decent goals tally for his first season if he manages to get some rhythm under his belt, though he will want to be closer to the 20-goal mark rather than aiming for a mid-teens tally. 

There is still the question at the type of service that the Belgian gets. As Aldridge has pointed out, it was another goal on instinct - primarily the reason that striker's tend to score goals. It wasn't a high ball into the box either, and shows that he is a good finisher with the ball at his feet.

One thing is telling is that Benteke has scored three of his four goals since Klopp was appointed after he came on as a substitute, which certainly suggests he is a different threat for opposition defences to come up against, but probably suggests Liverpool should treat Benteke like any other forward for most of the game, and that his presence at the top end of the field can be used if needed should the side struggle for a way through. 

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