Prior to his mixed performance on Wednesday night, Christian Benteke was reassured that he does have a future at Liverpool by manager Jurgen Klopp.
Despite regularly leaving Benteke on the substitutes bench since his appointment in October, Klopp was quick to play down any reports that the striker was on thin ice at Anfield.
Though he did admit that Benteke has failed to gel with midfielder Roberto Firminio as desired, the former Borussia Dortmund manager was resolute in his support.
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"Of course, he has a future - that is not in question," Klopp remarked of the £32.5m summer signing from Aston Villa.
"We have to think about how we create chances. First of all, we can get the ball into the box and then maybe Christian will finish it.
"For this situation, you have to look at how it fits. We had our games with Roberto Firmino at No.10 and Christian at No.9. It did not work in this moment, but that does not mean we can never play like this.
"In this moment, it doesn't fit too well, so we have to think about how to make it easier for the players to bring in their skills.
"Christian always has the possibility to play. To have Christian on the bench is a quality sign, to bring him in with his qualities in a close game.
Klopp's comments, prior to Liverpool's 3-0 win over Exeter, may serve as a significant comfort to Benteke after another disappointing display.
The big Belgian missed a host of chances on Wednesday night with BT Sport pundit Michael Owen, commenting after the game that Benteke "has so many gaps in his game" and must do better to impress his manager.
Benteke's qualities as a target man do not typically fit into what Klopp looks for in a player to compliment his gegenpressing style; however, it seems that for now, at least, the striker has the manager on side.
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