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Christian Benteke wants talks with Jurgen Klopp

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Christian Benteke has confirmed he will seek to sit down with Jurgen Klopp to discuss his Liverpool future after a disappointing debut campaign at Anfield came to an end.

Liverpool forked out £32million to sign the powerful striker from Aston Villa last summer but the club's decision to sack Brendan Rodgers only months later left him in limbo.

Jurgen Klopp has used Benteke sparingly since taking over in October and it is widely assumed that the Belgian does not feature in his long-term plans.

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The German has Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi and Danny Ings to choose from already and has also used Roberto Firmino in the central striker position at times this season.

With no European football next season, Liverpool will see little need to have so many strikers on the books and Benteke is the most likely to be sacrificed. 

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Tough choices

And Benteke himself has admitted that Klopp has some difficult decisions to make and is expecting to sit down with the manager to discuss whether or not he will have a role in the squad.

He is quoted in The Mirror as saying: “I think Liverpool bought me with my strengths and weaknesses – of course I have to adapt to the manager but now the season is over and we want to try to speak with him and to try and find a solution for next season.

“Losing the final is going to be a big disappointment for us, because now next season we are just going to play the Premier League [and domestic Cups] and we have a big, big squad.

"So we play just one game a week and it's going to be tough, so maybe the manager is going to make some choices."

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Big changes

But Benteke has also revealed that he is not the only player seeking reassurances ahead of what Klopp described as 'big changes' in the aftermath of Liverpool's Europa League final defeat to Sevilla.

He said: “Of course there is going to be big change because Liverpool is a massive club and we cannot stay more than one year without Europe.

“I want to see the manager's plan for next season. I am not the only one who is going to do that. I think a lot of players want to know what is going to happen. I signed for five years, I didn't sign for one year. But now I have to speak with the manager and see his plan."

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Form

Benteke, who scored 42 goals in 89 league games for Villa, managed 11 goals in all competitions for Liverpool this season and also grabbed a respectable four assists. While that return is nothing to write home about, Benteke believes the importance of the goals he scored made his contribution bigger than the statistics suggest.

“I think it wasn't my best season, but when I had my chance I scored important goals," Benteke continued.

"I didn't score goals in, like, 4-0s and 5-0s. It's not that I am happy with that. I knew I could give more for the team but now the season is over I have to look forward and see what's going to happen next season.”

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