Benteke ‘can’t understand’ lack of games under Klopp

Matt Stead

Christian Benteke says he finds it difficult to “understand” why he does not play under Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool.

The Belgian striker joined the club in the summer in a £32.5million deal from Aston Villa, starting the opening six games of the Premier League season under Brendan Rodgers.

Rodgers was sacked by the club in October however, and Benteke has started just six games since under replacement Jurgen Klopp, dropping behind Daniel Sturridge, Roberto Firmino and Divock Origi in the striking pecking order.

West Ham are confirmed to hold an interest in signing the Belgian international this summer after his struggles at Anfield, and Benteke admits that he finds it “hard to understand” why he is not playing more under Klopp, who has admitted in the past that he tried to sign the striker for previous club Borussia Dortmund.

“Some team-mates have said that I was lucky with the arrival of Klopp, because I certainly would play,” Benteke said.

“When your coach says he wanted to take you to Dortmund and a little later you sit at the same club and he ignores you, it is hard to understand.

“I do not understand why people say that (I cannot fit in at Liverpool).

“I can play pressing and moving a lot. It is not that we play in the Barcelona style.”