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BBC pundit says Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp's decision over Benteke is hard to justify

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Garth Crooks says Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp made an error in keeping Christian Benteke on the bench in the Capital One Cup Final.

BBC pundit Garth Crooks has hit out at Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp for failing to bring on big money striker Christian Benteke in the Capital One Cup final.

The Reds drew 1-1 with Manchester City, but lost the cup final in a penalty shoot out.

Benteke was seen warming up on the touchline but was an unused substitute in the game at Wembley despite it going to extra time.

Liverpool did bring one striker off the bench, Divock Origi in the 80th minute, on for Roberto Firmino. 

Crooks told the BBC website: "If Lucas playing in defence was an innovative move by Jurgen Klopp, I have to question the Liverpool manager's thinking when he refuses to introduce Christian Benteke at any stage in 120 minutes of football.

"Having lost a final how do you justify leaving a £32.5m player on the bench?"

In Klopp's defence, Liverpool had used up one substitution early by bringing Mamadou Sakho off in the first half, but there is an underlying theme regarding his selection decisions regarding Benteke, he simply does not rate the striker.

Klopp is showing he is a manager who picks players on what he sees with his eyes and how they fit into his system - and is not dictated by price or outside factors.

Benteke has been on the bench for weeks, and is running out of time to impress the German before the summer transfer window.

Whether the striker would have been an asset when it came to the penalty shootout is open to conjecture, but it is fair to say that by not playing in the final, Benteke missed out on a big opportunity to become a hero.

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