Benteke has scored just seven goals in 23 appearances this season.

Christian Benteke forced to regret his move to Liverpool last summer

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Throughout his time with Aston Villa, Christian Benteke proved himself to be one of the most lethal strikers in the Premier League, netting an impressive 42 goals in 89 appearances for the Villains.

Yet following his eye-watering £32.5 million move to Merseyside last summer, the striker has failed to replicate such form at Anfield and failed to justify his price tag.

Benteke bagged 23 goals in all competitions during his debut season for Villa, which gave Reds fans hope of a repeat upon his first season on Merseyside.


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Having now featured in 23 games for his new side, though, the Belgian has found the net just seven times and, as a result, might be regretting his decision to depart Villa Park amidst his search for trophies and a better standard of football.

Benteke was vital in Villa’s successful push to avoid the drop last campaign which also saw them meet Arsenal in the FA Cup final, knocking out Liverpool in the semi-finals. A move away from the Midlands didn’t come as a surprise given interest shown from Brendan Rodgers' side and Tottenham Hotspur.

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Benteke eventually put pen to paper on a Liverpool deal despite rumoured interest in Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus, who fans might well have preferred to arrive on Merseyside given the circumstances.

Since his move, the Belgian has been frequently demoted to the bench for vital games as a result of poor form, missing out against Chelsea, Manchester City and, most recently, Arsenal, against whom Robert Firmino deputised upfront.

Despite topping Liverpool's goalscoring charts in the league this season with six goals, the 25-year-old has proved considerably less effective going forward than the club's other options.

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Firmino, for example, was a constant thorn in Arsene Wenger's defence on Wednesday night, scoring two excellent goals in an exhillerating 3-3 draw at Anfield, whilst Benteke sat on the bench. It's likely the Belgian will play a similar role against rivals Manchester United this weekend.

Given Villa’s appalling season which sees them sit rock bottom in the Premier League, Benteke might not regret his transfer, but instead will reflect upon whether he made the right decision in joining a club as big as Liverpool.

A club with lesser expectations like Tottenham could have suited the Belgian better; linking up with Harry Kane upfront could have brought the best out of him. Now, he’s either found isolated up front or warming the bench.


His lack of game time could hamper his chances of making the Belgium squad ahead of the European Championships this summer, with Romelu Lukaku undoubtedly the nation's most in-form player.

It seems Benteke was blinded by the thought of playing for one of England's biggest clubs and failed to consider the difficulty of task ahead of him - and unless his form improves, regret will continue to fill the striker.

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Steven Gerrard
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