Christian Benteke's Liverpool cup final snub is a terrible sign for his future

Does Christian Benteke have a future at Liverpool?

Christian Benteke may have a cheery demeanour in training sessions, but he has very little to smile about regarding his current situation at Anfield.

The Belgian striker was a big money addition at Anfield in the summer, with the Reds paying £32.5 million to sign him from Aston Villa.

The move has turned out terribly for Villa who have failed to replace him and are destined for relegation, but as far as Liverpool are concerned it has been a bust so far too.

Benteke has failed to win the favour of manager Jurgen Klopp, and his predicament was laid bare by selection decisions made in the Capital One Cup on Sunday.

Klopp decided to start injury prone Daniel Sturridge for two games in four days, with the England international getting the nod days earlier against Augsburg.

More disconcerting for Benteke is the fact Divock Origi, who was on loan at Lille last season, was preferred as a late substitute instead.

Benteke has not netted in any of his last 10 appearances in all competitions, which includes matches against League Two side Exeter City in the FA Cup.

The big money striker could have used the stage at Wembley to turn his Liverpool career around, which appears to be flagging just one season in.

Jurgen Klopp's intentions in the summer are unclear, with one possible option being to sell the striker to recoup funds to spend on a player he prefers.

What we do know is that in the here and now he is not a player Klopp values as being a game changer, and this bodes terribly for his chances of being a success in the future and even staying put.

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