Rodgers: Klopp will be patient with Benteke

Sarah Winterburn

Brendan Rodgers believes Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will eventually find a place for £32.5m substitute Christian Benteke.

The Belgian has lost his place to makeshift striker Roberto Firmino but Rodgers claims that Klopp’s interest in him while Borussia Dortmund manager proves that he rates the former Aston Villa striker.

“Yes, I think he will. With Christian, I think Jurgen will take his time with him,” Rodgers told talkSPORT. “In this country, now, everything is very ‘short-termism’, isn’t it? People look at it like, you’ve got to come in, get 20 goals in your first season or you might be deemed a failure.

“I don’t think Jurgen’s looking at it as that. He tried to sign him for Dortmund. He knows he’s a good player. He met the boy, he met the agent, he met them in Germany, so he knows he’s a good player.

“Coming in to Liverpool, he’ll know that he wants to use him. It’s going to take Christian a bit of time.

“I took him to Liverpool in the summer because we were really short on goals and the one thing he does give you is goals, but obviously it’s going to take him time to get up to the way the team wants to play and Jurgen wants to press.”