Benteke and Klopp together.

Jamie Carragher believes Christian Benteke is a problem for Liverpool

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Christian Benteke scored the winner in Liverpool's 1-0 victory over Sunderland last night - but it seems that wasn't enough for Jamie Carragher.

The Belgian forward now has six Premier League goals this season following his £32.5 million switch from Aston Villa over the summer, making him the club's top scorer.

His goal was enough to move the Reds up to seventh place in the league ahead of their showdown against West Ham on Saturday, but club legend Carragher says his presence at Anfield still presents a problem for boss Jurgen Klopp.

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Liverpool's former club captain believes that while Benteke is strong in the air and as a hold-up man, the 25-year-old's lack of movement and inability with the ball at his feet means Klopp is struggling to implement his game plan.

“It's not just his problem, it's Liverpool's problem in how they use him and get the best from him," the Sky Sports pundit said. “You've got three No.10s in the team and a powerful centre forward, you've got to get the ball into his feet.

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“But we were watching Jurgen Klopp in the first half, and he was so frustrated with Benteke's runs, his movement, the positions he was taking up. A lot of the time he was in the wrong position. When Klopp come in, (Divock) Origi started the first game away at Spurs and we highlighted the work he put in. That's what Klopp wants from his players."

Benteke has been forced to take on the burden of being Liverpool's sole goalscorer in the absence of the injured Daniel Sturridge, who is closing in on a comeback.

Carragher continued: “You look at Benteke at Villa; great goalscoring record, but he's not that type of player. He gives Klopp a problem, in that he's the one goalscorer they've got – forget (Daniel) Sturridge, because at times you can't bank on him.


“He said when he got the winning goal against Leicester that when a player like Benteke scores a goal, that's one action in 90 minutes. What does he do for the other 89? He wants more from him, more movement. But the problem he's got, nobody else in the squad scores goals!”

Liverpool have managed just 22 league goals this season - putting them level with rivals Manchester United, who have been heavily criticised for their inability to find the back of the net this term.

Despite the criticism, Benteke says he is happy with his form and insists he's in 'good shape' going into the second half of the season

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