Lawrenson has harsh criticism for Liverpool's Christian Benteke

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Mark Lawrenson commented on Liverpool’s 3-0 win over Manchester City.

Former player Mark Lawrenson felt Liverpool were on course to give Manchester City a real thrashing at Anfield last night until they brought on striker Christian Benteke, the BBC report.

The Reds produced a stunning display in front of their own supporters to down Manuel Pellegrini’s side 3-0, with the goals coming from Adam Lallana, James Milner and Roberto Firmino.

The latter’s finish, coming on 57 minutes, set up the possibility of a real drubbing for City but Lawrenson feels Reds boss Jurgen Klopp’s introduction of Benteke prevented such a scenario.

"I was going to say Liverpool could score four or five but now Benteke is coming on.” Lawrenson said, co-commentating for BBC Radio Five Live.

The former Aston Villa man has not had the best of debut seasons for Liverpool, scoring six Premier League from 23 appearances though only managing to start 12 league games thus far.

Lawrenson’s comments suggest that Liverpool’s goal threat stopped the moment Benteke was introduced, and while that thought may hold some weight, the player cannot be held entirely responsible.

The Belgium international has struggled to adapt to Liverpool’s preference of playing through the middle, instead thriving from genuine wing play and balls into the box from wide areas.

For the amount paid for him, it is hard to envisage the Merseyside club wanting to sell him only a season after bringing him in although one has to question how much game-time he will get under Klopp’s guidance.

 

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