Jan Molby on Christian Benteke's role in Liverpool side

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Benteke has been consigned to the bench in recent big encounters.

Former Liverpool midfielder Jan Molby thinks that Christian Benteke is becoming a Plan B for the side, after he came off the bench to play a key role in the equalising goal in the 3-3 draw against Arsenal.

It was the knockdown from the Belgian that allowed Joe Allen to strike in stoppage time to give the Reds a point in Wednesday night's thriller.

It wasn't the first time that Benteke made an impact from the bench under Jurgen Klopp - having made notable contributions in games against Southampton, Chelsea and Leicester City in the Premier League this season.

Molby wrote in his Liverpool Echo column: "Benteke now looks to be the Plan B and that was the case when he came off the bench against Arsenal. We couldn't get through Arsenal so we went more direct and threw the kitchen sink at them.

"It was pretty clear then he wouldn't start against Arsenal. Jurgen Klopp has indicated that the way forward is with more mobility up front and with a different type of striker in Roberto Firmino.

"Questions are bound to be asked about where that leaves Benteke going forward."

Signed for £32.5 million in the summer for Aston Villa, the Belgian is an awfully expensive Plan B to have but it does seem to be where he is most effective at the moment.

It is important to remember when it comes to Benteke that he was signed by Brendan Rodgers, though the Klopp is on the record as saying he wanted him at Borussia Dortmund, so there must be some sort of plan for the striker - who also happens to be the Reds' top scorer this season with seven goals in all competitions. 

Benteke seems to be one of the players that has lost out because of the lack of work on the training ground as neither the team around him or the individual seem to fit together at the moment. One telling aspect was the deep discussion that the forward had with Jordan Henderson shortly after the draw with Arsenal the other night about what run and ball should be made and played. 

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