Previewing the Reds’ upcoming encounter with Sunderland, Redknapp said that Jurgen Klopp’s men aren’t playing great without Benteke and thus should give the Belgian striker the opportunity to start.
“This Liverpool side are so hit and miss. [Jurgen Klopp] has tried his best not to play Benteke, but then he always seems to throw him on with 25 minutes to go when they’re losing," he told Sky Sports.
“Give him a game, we’re not playing great without him so maybe give him an opportunity to go and start some games. He’s got a lot of winning goals for Liverpool. I think it’s strange the way he [Klopp] is treating him.”
Liverpool head into the encounter on the back of a disappointing 2-0 defeat at Leicester City.
The Merseyside club will have Philippe Coutinho available for the visit of Sunderland, but the Brazil international has been out of action of late and may be a little rusty in terms of sharpness in the final third.
Klopp would be wise to play Benteke considering the opponents’ evident threat from set-pieces. After all, what is the worst that could happen by handing the former Aston Villa man a start?
The Belgium international is a decent goal scorer, having scored six times in only 12 league starts.
The Merseyside club shelled out a lot on bringing him to the club, but thus far they have been reluctant to play to his strengths and instead focus attacks through the middle to suit their attacking midfielders.