It's safe to say that it has been a disappointing 2016 for Christian Benteke. The Liverpool striker has endured a tricky time under the guidance of Jurgen Klopp at Anfield, failing to establish himself as a leading player for the club.
The forward has also had his injury problems throughout the year and, when fit, has failed to register too many goals.
Perhaps, then, the upcoming European Championships in France will give the misfiring striker a shot at redemption.
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Despite his recent struggles, Benteke has been included in Marc Wilmots' squad for Euro 2016 and he was handed his chance to prove his credentials in the national side's warm-up fixture against Finland on Wednesday night.
With the Red Devils trailing by one goal to nil against the minnows, Wilmots introduced Benteke with just over 30 minutes remaining.
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Ultimately, though, despite Everton striker Romelu Lukaku managing to rescue a draw for Belgium, it was yet another outing to forget for Benteke.
Indeed, the Liverpool forward missed a sitter following some fine work from Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne.
As you can see in the video below (1:54), De Bruyne produced a moment of quality to hand Benteke the perfect chance to equalise, but the forward failed to deliver the required finish.
As you can imagine, fans reacted to the shocking miss on social media. Here are the best tweets:
Benteke's future on Merseyside has been the subject of debate recently and it's far from certain as to whether he will play for the club again. After a dismal debut season at the club, it certainly wouldn't come as a surprise if he opted to depart in the next transfer window.
The ex-Aston Villa man hinted back in March that he regretted moving to Anfield.
"What’s annoying me the most is that I would have never signed for Liverpool if I wasn’t the manager’s first choice,” he said, as per 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.
“When a coach says he wanted to buy you when he was at Borussia Dortmund and ignores you, then it’s difficult to understand.
“Some team-mates told me I was lucky when Klopp signed, because I would be certain to play.
“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....”
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