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Jurgen Klopp is confident he can get the best out of Christian Benteke

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Liverpool's form has taken somewhat of a dip in recent weeks. Following a 6-1 demolition of Southampton in the Capital One Cup, the Reds have picked up one point from two league games.

Their form has coincided with the return to the starting line-up of Christian Benteke. The Belgian has struggled for fluency in Liverpool's new style of play and some fans have begun to suggest he is not the type of centre-forward the Anfield outfit need.

He was the target of unhappy fans during the loss to Newcastle United and his performance against West Bromwich Albion did nothing to change their opinion.

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Having signed from Aston Villa for £32.5 million in the summer, the Belgian was expected to be the focal point of their attack, but he has managed just five goals in 16 appearances.

However, Klopp is still sure he will be able to get the best out of the forward. 

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As per talkSPORT, the German insisted it was normal Benteke would need more time to feel comfortable, before saying: "As a striker you always want to have five or six games in a row. At Aston Villa, I think when he was fit he played. Everything is different.

"I have time to work. He played very good games for us, he made brilliant goals for us, so that's not a problem.

"I'm not sure anybody at Aston Villa saw the best Christian Benteke, so we have to work on it. He's young enough to develop and that's what we do."

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It is way too early to write off Benteke at Liverpool, but it is evident to see the Reds are producing better performances without the striker. 

All of their big wins under Klopp have come with a smaller, more mobile player leading the line and the change of pace when the Belgian enters the fray is clear to see.

Having scored 42 goals in 88 league games for Villa, he knows where the net is but right now he just is not showing enough.

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