Roy Evans not impressed with static Liverpool striker Christian Benteke

The former Liverpool gaffer has not enjoyed what he has seen from Benteke this season.

Liverpool take on Borussia Dortmund this evening in the UEFA Europa League. It is of course a return to an old stomping ground for manager Jurgen Klopp but he will go into the game without striker Christian Benteke at his disposal.

The Belgian is injured and will miss the game tonight.

Not that he would have been playing anyway. He has fallen foul of Klopp since the German arrived at the club for failing to adapt to his system.

With Daniel Sturridge returning to full fitness and Divock Origi in good form, Benteke’s future at the club looks bleak.

One former Liverpool manager has now had his say on the Belgian striker.

Speaking to talkSPORT today (07/04/16) Roy Evans had this to say about Benteke:

“When he was at Villa he looked good, he was scoring goals.

“But Liverpool have never really found a way to play with Christian Benteke. I mean the difference for Liverpool I suppose is when Daniel Sturridge plays the movement is fantastic.

“When Benteke plays he is a bit static in the middle. He doesn’t really drift to the wide areas and make space for people. Sometimes it can be like a third centre-half, he actually blocks the whole thing up.

“I would say Liverpool look a far better team when they play with Sturridge.”

Benteke has certainly not shown an ability to play in the fashion Klopp is expecting of him. In that respect the likes of Sturridge, Origi and Roberto Firmino are much more suited to the German’s style of play and are currently ahead of him in the pecking order.

With Danny Ings on his way back from a knee injury and Klopp likely to do his own business in the summer, the Liverpool future of Benteke must surely be in doubt.

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