Liverpool flop Christian Benteke can turn career around says Ian Rush

Liverpool striker faces a battle to win over manager Jurgen Klopp.

Former Liverpool striker Ian Rush is positive that Christian Benteke can rescue his career at the club.

Speaking to The Express, the ex-Wales international said that Benteke can earn himself a place in next season's squad if he can impress between now and the end of the current campaign.

The former Aston Villa striker has struggled since signing for Liverpool in the summer, and has fallen down the pecking order under new boss Jurgen Klopp.

In the recent 3-2 loss to Southampton, Klopp was seen criticising the big money striker.

During the international break Benteke voiced his own disappointment at the way his career at the club had panned out, in an interview in Belgium reported on by The BBC.

Rush said, quoted by The Express: "He's frustrated because he's not playing, that's what it's all about.

"But when he gets his chance, and he will get his chance, he's got to prove to the manager that he's the man for the job. As a player, you've got to make life difficult for the manager.

“And you make it difficult for the manger by proving yourself when you get the chance. I think he has got a future at Liverpool, I think he's a great player - he's just lacking a bit of confidence."

With nine games remaining in the league plus a Europa League clash against Borussia Dortmund still to play over two legs, Benteke should get his opportunities, but time is running out for him to turn the disappointing trajectory of his opening season at the club around.

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