Former Liverpool forward Neil Mellor has commented on the reported touchline spat between Christian Benteke and Reds boss Jurgen Klopp, via his column in the Liverpool Echo.
The German appeared to be angry with his Belgian striker directly after Sunday's 3-2 defeat at Southampton, in which Klopp's side surrendered a comfortable two-goal lead.
When leading 2-1, Benteke, who came on in the 70th minute, missed a glorious chance to seal the points when he spurned a clear-cut chance, which proved costly as Sadio Mane and Graziano Pelle struck in the final six minutes.
"The thing that everyone loves about Klopp is that he always shows so much passion," Mellor wrote in the Liverpool Echo.
"He was clearly trying to communicate some kind of message to Benteke but whether he was having a go at him for missing the chance or discussing something else we don’t know.
"Benteke would want to keep any ridicule to the changing rooms but it seems clear that his confidence has been dented at Liverpool this season."
It was the latest negative in a season littered with them for Benteke, who has found it hard to justify his £32.5 million (Sky Sports) move from Aston Villa last summer.
The 25-year-old forward has netted seven Premier League goals in 25 appearances - though 13 of those were off the bench as he struggles for regular starts under the former Borussia Dortmund coach.