Lawrenson says Liverpool’s Christian Benteke is not a natural goal-scorer

The striker has struggled to impress at Anfield this season.

Liverpool striker Christian Benteke is not a natural goalscorer, former Reds star Mark Lawrenson has told the Liverpool Echo.

The Belgian international has struggled to impress for the Reds this season since his big money move from Aston Villa in the summer.

His latest disappointing display came in the midweek FA Cup loss to West Ham United, with him spurning several big chances that could have seen his side progress through to the fifth round rather than eventually being knocked out.

He has come in for stern criticism from the Anfield faithful, and Lawrenson says that the main problem for him is that he is just not the prolific front-man that Jurgen Klopp’s side need.

“The bottom line is he's simply not a natural goalscorer,” he wrote in the Liverpool Echo.

“His overall performance at West Ham United was good until the business of actually putting the ball into the back of the net. And when you've been bought for £32.5million, that's a bit of an issue.

“Yes, he scored a lot of goals at Aston Villa. But that's because Villa were set up to get the very best out of him.”

Benteke certainly did enjoy a fine goal-scoring record while at Villa, with last season alone seeing him bag 13 goals as they fought against relegation.

Villa played very much to his strengths though, with them often making the use of their wingers to get the ball into the box and use his strength in the air to his advantage.

However Liverpool do not play that way, preferring to work through the middle via the likes of Philippe Coutinho, a style that makes it hard for Benteke to perform to his best.

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