Christian Benteke has featured sparingly this season.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp feels Christian Benteke’s biggest problem is the heavy competition for places as he explains why the Belgium international has only featured sporadically, Sky Sports report.
The talented striker joined the Reds from Aston Villa in the summer in a big-money move but has struggled for game-time of late, prompting plenty of questions over his future at the club.
Indeed, Klopp is well aware that the striker isn’t having the best of times of late and told reporters his biggest problem is the competition for places and the need to make a telling contribution with every opportunity.
“The problem is in a club like Liverpool with the strikers we have - [Daniel] Sturridge, Benteke, [Divock] Origi, [Danny] Ings - injured but here - and [Roberto] Firmino - you have not too much time to show what you are able to so you need to use the time you have got,” Klopp explained.
“Christian was not in the best moment in this situation and Sturridge and Divock came back and now they are little bit ahead but when I saw Christian coming on in the last game he played really good. I am not worried."
Benteke has made 23 Premier League appearances this season, though he hasn’t started a league game since the beginning of January as Klopp prefers the likes of Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge.
The 25-year-old notably suffers from Liverpool’s style of play, what with the Belgian looking to get on the end of crosses while Klopp’s preference is for the Reds to attack narrowly and through the middle.
It remains to be seen what the future holds for Benteke at Liverpool, but without an extended run of games it surely won’t be too long before the striker starts to consider his options.