Benteke lifts the lid on Liverpool spell; claims lack of trust

Christian Benteke scores the first goal for Liverpool

Crystal Palace have completed the signing of Christian Benteke.

Christian Benteke scores the first goal for LiverpoolChristian Benteke scores the first goal for Liverpool

New Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke admits he could have done better at Liverpool but cites a lack of trust from former boss Jurgen Klopp as a reason for his struggles, Sky Sports report.

The Belgium international joined Liverpool from Aston Villa 12 months ago after the Reds activated his release clause.

It was a deal which raised plenty of questions as then boss Brendan Rodgers liked to play a narrow pressing style while Benteke undoubtedly thrives from balls into the box from wide positions.

Liverpool's Mamadou Sakho and Christian Benteke in the standsLiverpool's Mamadou Sakho and Christian Benteke in the stands

Rodgers was subsequently sacked and replaced by Jurgen Klopp, yet for the former Genk man his situation if anything gradually got worse as he found playing time more limited under the German coach.

Speaking to reporters following his switch to Palace, Benteke cited a lack of trust from his former manager as a reason behind his lack of game time at Anfield and evident struggles.

“A lot of things happened at Liverpool – when I arrived it was with Brendan Rodgers as manager but then he was sacked and Jurgen [Klopp] came in and had his own plan, but that’s part of football. I could have done better but I think I also needed some trust from the manager and the staff,” Benteke told Sky Sports.

Liverpool's Christian Benteke in action with Swansea's Kyle BartleyLiverpool's Christian Benteke in action with Swansea's Kyle Bartley

Despite predominently featuring on the bench, Benteke did manage to notch 10 goals for the Reds last season with nine of those coming in the Premier League.

The 25-year-old is a great threat in the air and could prove the ideal signing for Palace as the Eagles like to get the ball wide to players such as Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend and put crosses into the box.

Liverpool's Christian Benteke looks dejected after scoring an offside goalLiverpool's Christian Benteke looks dejected after scoring an offside goal

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