Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed that he attempted to sign Christian Benteke when he was in charge of Borussia Dortmund.
As reported by The Sun, the Reds chief has also insisted that the Belgium international does have a future with the club.
Benteke, of course, has endured a tricky time on Merseyside and has failed to come to prominence under the guidance of Klopp. In fact, since arriving at Liverpool from Aston Villa this past summer, the forward has only scored six goals in 19 Premier League games.
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As well as struggling for goals, Benteke hasn't been able to hold down a regular starting role - he had to settle for a place on the bench against Arsenal and Manchester United - but Klopp has backed him to produce the goods for the club.
Speaking to reporters, the unique coach stated: “You are too quick in your judgements. Stay cool. Of course he has a future, that is not in question.
Klopp has his say
“We have to 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. We cannot just hope we can get the ball into the box and then maybe Christian will finish it.
“I met him at Dusseldorf Airport. He is a complete striker but you have to work for it. He hasn’t finished his development and we as a team haven’t.”
Benteke, then, looks set to start in the club's FA Cup third-round replay clash against League Two outfit Exeter City tonight.
The Reds, who could only manage a 2-2 draw at St James Park a couple of weeks ago, will be desperate to bounce back after suffering defeat in their last game against rivals Manchester United. The Liverpool faithful will certainly be hoping to see Benteke fire their side to glory this evening.
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