Benteke ‘happy’ at Anfield despite lack of appearances

Matt Stead

Christian Benteke says he is “happy” at Liverpool and wants to “work harder” in an attempt to win over his doubters.

The Reds striker, who has struggled for playing time recently, has only scored eight goals in 35 appearances since joining the club for £32.5million from Aston Villa in the summer.

And any hopes of establishing himself in Jurgen Klopp’s starting eleven have been made harder after team-mate Divock Origi recently moved above him in the pecking order.

However, the 25-year-old is determined to look on the bright side and says he is content with life at Anfield.

“Obviously it has not been the best season for me here,” Benteke said. “I haven’t played like I want to and that is frustrating but this is part of football.

“Even though things have not been as I wanted I’m really happy here,” he added. “Playing for this club is exciting, just like what I thought it would be. Now I want to finish this season well.”

The Belgium international has also rejected claims that his confidence in front of goal has suffered as a result of not playing.

“I never lose my self-confidence. But when you are not playing regularly you maybe lose a little bit of the speed or pace of the game compared to when you are playing in the side all of the time,” he said.

“You are just not as comfortable as when you play every weekend. Your match fitness isn’t the same.

“There is no secret. When things aren’t going well you just have to work harder and trust yourself.”