Jamie Redknapp suggests Klopp gives Benteke a chance at Liverpool

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Christian Benteke has been out of favour at Liverpool in recent months.

Jamie Redknapp has told The Mail he wants Liverpool to give Christian Benteke more of a chance.

The Reds failed to score against Villarreal in midweek with Benteke an unused substitute, a 1-0 loss which left their Europa League dream in the balance.

Benteke was signed from Aston Villa by former manager Brendan Rodgers, but has failed to convince Jurgen Klopp, who at times has preferred to play Roberto Firmino as a false nine.

He is also unsure of when to play Daniel Sturridge due to his injury issues, and with Divock Origi out with an ankle injury, Benteke is waiting for a chance.

He was given 45 minutes in Sunday's loss to Swansea City, and got on the scoresheet, and Redknapp argues that his scoring record deserves more respect.

The pundit told The Mail: "Christian Benteke has scored a goal every 165.4 minutes this season. That’s the 11th-fastest rate of any striker in the league.

"Maybe he deserves a few more chances to be the main man."

The problem is that in the league at least, Liverpool have nothing to play for, so any impact Benteke makes over the final two games there will not prove a lot.

It could be Europa League or bust for the Belgian in the same way it is for Liverpool's season, but Daniel Sturridge may be more likely to get the nod at Anfield later this week.

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