Jamie Carragher makes his feelings known about this Liverpool star's future

Jamie Carragher

The former Reds defender admits he had feared for Christian Benteke at Anfield but insists the Belgian's last-gasp winner will do him the world of good.

Jamie Carragher has admitted to Sky Sports that he has been fearing for the future of Liverpool striker Christian Benteke, but insists that the Belgian should now be able to kickstart his Anfield career after hitting a last-gasp winner at the weekend.

Benteke held his nerve to convert a contentious penalty deep into added time as the Reds came from 1-0 down in the second half at Crystal Palace to win 2-1 despite playing with 10 men.

The former Aston Villa striker, now effectively fourth in Jurgen Klopp's pecking order in attack, had been an 80th-minute substitute but stepped up to score his first goal of 2016 under immense pressure at Selhurst Park.

Carragher says that the 25-year-old must use that cathartic moment as a launching pad for the rest of the season if he is to prove that he can have a future at Anfield.

The defender-turned-pundit told Sky Sports: "I am pleased for him to get the winning goal. [He was] a big-money signing and it has not quite worked out for him, but he is someone I look at and... sort of fear for him at times.

"[Klopp] has played [Divock] Origi at times and brought him on as a sub, it is like he has become the fourth-choice striker having come in as the number one with [Daniel] Sturridge maybe out injured. He has never gone to the press and complained every time he comes on and he just said in his interview then that you have to be ready when the manager asks for you.

"Now you could expect a different reaction from a big-money signing this summer if he does not play as much as he likes. I think he has conducted himself really well off the pitch - obviously he has to do a bit more on the pitch, but I think that [goal] will do him the world of good."

Since joining from Villa for £32.5 million last summer, Benteke's first Liverpool season has not panned out in the manner he would have been hoping for.

After scoring the winner on his home debut back in August and netting a stunning acrobatic volley in the defeat to Manchester United in September, the striker began to slip down the pecking order under new manager Klopp.

He hinted at having a big role to play when he netted back-to-back winners in late December, but he then failed to score in over two months until his strike on Sunday.

In total, the Belgian has recorded seven goals in 33 club appearances in all competitions so far this campaign.

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