Liverpool's captain's comments over Benteke are awkward for Klopp

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Liverpool midfielder was fully confident Christian Benteke would score.

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has told the club's official website that he was full of confidence striker Christian Benteke would score his late penalty against Crystal Palace.

Benteke was on as a substitute at Selhurst Park and won a late spot kick, which he converted in injury time to give the club a 2-1 win.

The Belgian international has been out of the side in recent weeks, even sitting as an unused substitute in the Capital One Cup final.

Despite this lack of action and potential anxiety over the situation, Benteke was able to score, and Henderson said he had little doubt.

He said: "I’ve seen him take penalties before in a shootout and also in training. He’s very cool on penalties so I was full of confidence in him.”

This confidence and talking up of Benteke's goalscoring ability from 12 yards pose a real question over just why he was not called upon a week earlier at Wembley for the penalty shoot out.

Liverpool missed three spot kicks in the shootout at Wembley, with Emre Can the only player who scored, and Lucas Leiva, Adam Lallana and Coutinho the trio who could not.

If Benteke was so deadly from the spot, and shows it regularly in training, the failure to bring him on with a view to using him against Manchester City looks like a poor decision from manager Jurgen Klopp.

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