Liverpool's Divock Origi backs positive Christian Benteke to overcome goal drought

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The striker has struggled to impress since his move from Aston Villa in the summer.

Christian Benteke will overcome his goal drought and prove his doubters wrong, Divock Origi has told the Liverpool Echo.

The striker has struggled since a big money from Aston Villa in the summer, with a series of disappointing displays under his belt this season.

That continued last week, as he missed several chances in the midweek loss to West Ham United in the FA Cup fourth round clash at Upton Park.

Most Liverpool fans have now given up on the Belgian international and expect him to be sold in the summer, but Origi believes his struggling teammate will come good, explaining what he likes most about the striker.

“Christian is a good friend of mine and we support each other,” he told the Liverpool ECHO.

“Missing chances is something that happens to everyone. We all know that Christian is a very good player. He is capable of scoring a lot of goals.

He has shown that in the past. This is just a period he’s going through. I know he will come through it. He’s staying positive and that’s what I admire about him.”

The problem for Benteke is that his style of play does not fit into that of Liverpool’s.

When he was scoring goals for Aston Villa, they played a very direct game, often utilising wide players to use his strength in the air  to their advantage.

Liverpool do not play that way though, preferring to play a passing game through the middle of the park, something that does not suit Benteke but is ideal for the likes of Daniel Sturridge.

That means he is likely to continue struggling despite his on-going efforts to do otherwise.

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