Alan Shearer offers advice to struggling Christian Benteke

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The Liverpool striker has struggled since his summer move from Aston Villa.

Speaking on Match of the Day, Alan Shearer has offered his advice to struggling Liverpool striker Christian Benteke.

The Belgian was signed in a big money move from Aston Villa in the summer by former manager Brendan Rodgers, but has so far failed to prove he was worth the large price tag.

More than anything, he has struggled to fit into either Rodgers’ or Jurgen Klopp’s systems, with neither employing a crossing game that suits him best.

Their styles sees him more involved in build up play and often on the edge of the box looking to finish off passing moves, but Shearer has urged him to abandon that and get into the box.

“His main strength is heading the ball and I’d fancy him against most defenders," he told Match of the Day. 

“I don’t know why he keeps going short; get into the box, be a menace, be a threat and cause problems. You’ll get far more goals by getting in there.”

“Liverpool players and staff have to understand that also, if they’re going to get the best out of him, they have to put balls into the box.”

Given Liverpool’s struggles for goals this season, it may be time for them to consider changing their style to suit Christian Benteke’s style.

They have only managed an average of 1.1 goals per game so far, the same as relegation threatened Sunderland.

Daniel Sturridge is arguably their best centre forward, and the best fit for the system they employ, but he cannot guarantee his fitness on a consistent basis to be relied upon.

Benteke is fit though, and perhaps Klopp should think about changing his style to get the best out of the Belgian to try and change around his side’s goalscoring fortunes.

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