Klopp admits potential starting line-up mistake

Matt Stead

Jurgen Klopp has admitted that leaving Christian Benteke out of the Liverpool starting line-up against Watford was “maybe not the best decision”.

Benteke was left on the bench at Vicarage Road in favour of Roberto Firmino, who started the game on Sunday in a false nine position.

The Brazilian was fairly ineffective in the 3-0 defeat however, and Klopp even chose Divock Origi as his first substitute ahead of compatriot Benteke.

The £32.5million summer signing (or problem?) has now started just four Premier League games of a possible nine since Klopp’s arrival in October, and the German admits he may have made a mistake in not using the Belgian sooner.

“That’s the next problem: if you lose the games everyone is allowed to ask why this player didn’t play, when they wouldn’t after you win,” Klopp said.

“So okay maybe it was not the best decision, I don’t know – we will never find out.

“But for today I decide first for Christian then for Divock, then for Christian. It’s up to the players to change this.”

Klopp then laughed off talk of Benteke joining Chelsea in January, by saying: “If there’s the same probability in all the other transfer rumours I’ve heard since I’ve been here, then I’m pretty cool.

“All I’ve read until now was nil per cent, and I haven’t heard about this.”