Benteke missed a great chance for Liverpool.

Christian Benteke doesn't suit Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool

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Prior to Liverpool's clash against Newcastle at St. James' Park, many were predicting a rout.

The Reds had travelled to Chelsea, Manchester City and Southampton in recent weeks and blown them all away with their impressive attacking display.

But on Sunday, the Anfield club put on an extremely lacklustre performance which saw them deservedly lose 2-0.


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So, why was the performance so unrecognisable on Sunday than in previous away matches?

The answer: Christian Benteke.

Roberto Firmino had been deployed as a false number nine during the brilliant wins at Chelsea and Manchester City while Jurgen Klopp started with Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi in the Capital One Cup against Southampton.

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However, the German boss opted for Benteke against Newcastle - a decision he may well be regretting.

The £32.5 million signing simply doesn't fit Klopp's style. 

The Belgian hasn't got the ability to press the opposition defenders with high intensity. He's not mobile enough and hasn't got the energy to do so.

Benteke also slows down attacking moves. He likes playing with his back to goal and often wants too many touches which allows defenders to get back into position. 


It's remarkable that a system that has worked so well recently and gained many plaudits can be undone by just one player.

It's not necessarily a criticism of the player himself. If you want a target man, someone to hold the ball up and bring other players into play then there aren't too many better in world football than Benteke.

But if you want to play - as Klopp calls it - "heavy metal football" the striker certainly isn't your man.

The 24-year-old managed only one shot during his 62 minutes on the pitch on Sunday - a prod over the bar from six yards with the goal gaping. He also registered the fewest touches of any outfield player in a red shirt and had the lowest passing accuracy at 55.2% - stats that do him no favours.

You'd think with the inclusion of a striker your club has paid a huge amount of money on, you're likely to see him involved in plenty of goals, either scoring or creating them. But it seem Benteke has had the opposite effect for the club.

He has now started ten matches this campaign with the club scoring only eight during those games. However, in the 12 matches Benteke hasn't started, Liverpool have managed 24 goals.

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It's something that is becoming all too familiar at Liverpool.

A manager spends over £30 million on a striker only to be sacked shortly afterwards. Then a new manager comes in and identifies that the multi-million pound signing doesn't fit his style of play. It happened with Brendan Rodgers and Andy Carroll and it's now happening with Klopp and Benteke.

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