After a season which lacked natural goal scorers for Liverpool, Danny Ings, Divock Origi and Christian Benteke all came into the team in the summer but have hardy made an impact in the goal scoring department.
Origi and Ings are out for sometime due to injury leaving Klopp with just one recognized striker in Christian Benteke. However, even as he stands as the top scorer for the club, he has been under fire for not performing up to the levels needed by the German.
Liverpool have spent more than £30 million on the big Belgian and he has given the club some winners in recent times but he has not been able to fit into Klopp’s game leaving his future at the club in doubt.
But Jurgen Klopp has come out to his defense slamming away any suggestion saying he is a really good player who can have an impact on the game.
“Of course he has a future, that is not a question,” said Klopp talking to the Echo. “You are too quick in your judgments. If I would work like this I would send players who miss chances to the next club or whatever. Stay cool.”
“What we have to do is think what team fits together for the special game. For the next game it could be different. We have to think about how we create chances. First of all we cannot hope that we can get the ball into the box and then maybe Christian will finish it.”
“He is a goal scorer and makes chances and so on, that is all good.”
Klopp also revealed that he was an admirer of the Liverpool number 9 and also explained how he tried to sign him when he was at Dortmund.
“I met him, plus his agent at Dusseldorf airport,” said the boss.
“We saw a lot of games he played in, saving the ball, technical skills, of course the heading but not only that, finishing skills, all this stuff.“
“From all those things he is a complete striker, but at the end you have to work for it.”
Benteke last started a game in the FA Cup stalemate at Exeter and will most likely keep his place in the starting XI in the replay at Anfield.
With the likes of Joe Allen and Ibe expected to start on the night, Benteke might just prove people wrong with a better performance and take Liverpool to the next stage in the competition.
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