It may not have worked out at Liverpool but Christian Benteke can be a force elsewhere

Christian Benteke scores spectacular goal for Liverpool

Benteke signed for Liverpool for big money and looks set to leave after one season but his failure to be the answer at Anfield doesn't mean he's not a good player.

Christian Benteke scores the first goal for Liverpool

He arrived with a fair degree of fanfare last summer when Liverpool paid £32.5 million to Aston Villa for the services of Christian Benteke

10 goals from 47 appearances was not the return he or the club envisaged. After the departure of Brendan Rodgers, it became increasingly clear that he was not stylistically suited to Jurgen Klopp's style of play, with Roberto Firmino, Divock Origi and Daniel Sturridge all selected ahead of him. 

It is fair to say he could have scored more goals, if he had been that more clinical in front of goal and got a haul in the mid to high teens, many may have said it was a solid return for his first season at the club. He certainly would not have had the criticism from the fan base that he has got.

Christian Benteke scores spectacular goal for Liverpool

Benteke is a good footballer, he has changed games for Liverpool. The impact he had from the bench in games against Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Southampton and Leicester City was telling as he found the net in all four of those league games, with the Reds winning three of them. 

But Liverpool never played to his strengths. Often it was a case that he was the big man and he should therefore be the target man. There were often times he would want the ball to feet, and when the ball was going across the box he would want it on the edge of the area rather than him being in a position to attack the front post.

Liverpool's Christian Benteke looks dejected

There was very little pace and delivery in the Liverpool side for him to profit from. The Liverpool Echo are among those reporting that a £31.5 million deal with Palace is pretty close. There is a side that has plenty of pace to it and wide men who can get the ball in the box.

There are players who Benteke can profit from more, and who he could equally get the best out of. At Liverpool there wasn't that but it does not mean he is not a good player. The Reds know he is as he has dished out some pain when playing against them during his Aston Villa days. 

Benteke may have had a poor time of things at Liverpool, but there is still a player there of genuine quality. 

Christian Benteke celebrates after scoring the third goal for Liverpool

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