Christian Benteke has followed up his criticism of Jurgen Klopp by admitting he regrets joining Liverpool.
The Belgian questioned the Liverpool manager by admitting he didn’t understand why Klopp was ignoring him.
And Benteke wishes his £32.5 million move from Aston Villa last summer never happened.
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The forward’s spell on Merseyside has been one to forget - he hasn’t played a full 90 minutes since January 2 - and his recent comments haven’t gone down well with Kopites.
The whole saga is one that both parties - Benteke and Liverpool - might wish just never happened.
“What’s annoying me the most is that I would have never signed for Liverpool if I wasn’t the manager’s first choice,” the 25-year-old is quoted as saying by the Mirror.
“Since I went to England in 2012, I’ve never been on the bench for such a long period. It hurts, especially since I never was as fit as I am now.
“But with all the things I’ve experienced throughout my career, I knew it could go fast. I wasn’t wrong.
“I’m the first to admit that I haven’t shown my worth enough for a team like Liverpool. On the other hand, under Brendan Rodgers, I knew I would get the opportunity to show my qualities, to show that I was worth the money and that I deserved to wear the shirt of Liverpool. But now....”
Benteke doesn't fit in
Benteke has started just six Premier League games since Klopp’s arrival in October and is behind Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi on the depth chart.
Yet, despite insisting he can play in the German’s intense system, it’s clear Benteke doesn’t fit in the team Klopp is trying to create.
You would be forgiven for thinking Benteke is desperate to leave Liverpool and forget this nightmare ever happened, but that’s not the case.
“In January, I didn’t want to leave,” he told Sport/Voetbalmagazine. “It’s my desire to succeed at Liverpool. I want to continue. At the end of the season, we will take stock.”
Benteke doesn’t appear to have much leverage in the situation. If Klopp wants him out, the striker had better pack his bags.
His place in the pecking order is likely to be hit when Danny Ings returns. The former Burnley man is continuing his rehabilitation from a knee injury and it’s likely Klopp will be a fan of his work rate.
However, Benteke’s biggest condemnation could be the reaction he receives from fans. Just take a look at the response from Liverpool fans on Twitter after the striker’s outburst.
It’s a shame they haven’t seen the powerful force Aston Villa fans were so accustomed to watching.
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