Benteke ‘really happy’ at Liverpool despite woes

Liverpool might struggle to convince Christian Benteke to leave for West Ham this summer as he has declared himself “really happy” at Liverpool despite being fourth-choice striker.

The £32.5m signing has scored seven Premier League goals since his switch from Aston Villa, finding it incredibly difficult to impress under both Brendan Rodgers and Jurgen Klopp.

Benteke has not started a top-flight game since January and has been strongly linked with a move away from Liverpool this summer, with the Hammers said to be interested.

But the Belgian is quoted as saying in the Liverpool Echo: “Obviously it has not been the best season for me here.

“I haven’t played like I want to and that is frustrating but this is part of football.

“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.

“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.

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