When you spend £32.5 million on a player, you don’t expect his future to be in doubt just one year later.
However, that’s the case for Christian Benteke at Liverpool with the Belgian’s Anfield career looking under threat.
Brendan Rodgers parted with a huge sum of money to bring the striker to the club on a five-year deal but it’s fair to say things haven’t exactly gone to plan.
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When Rodgers was dismissed in October, Jurgen Klopp arrived on Merseyside and Benteke’s game time was severely restricted as a result.
The German boss preferred Divock Origi or Daniel Sturridge upfront with the former Aston Villa striker having to contend with appearing for 10 or 15 minutes each match from the bench.
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Of the 38 Premier League matches, Benteke started just 14 and he has insisted that he will only remain at Liverpool if he features in Klopp’s plans.
Benteke's on his Liverpool future
"At 25 years old, I'm neither old nor young but it's important to play," Benteke said at Belgium's news conference.
"I still have a contract at Liverpool and I'd like to stay there, if I remain in the coach's plans.
"If that's not the case, it will become difficult to stay. I'll think about if after the Euros.
"I was prepared for what I went through [last season at Liverpool]," Benteke added. "I knew that if I had mixed performances I would be criticised. That's what happened.
"When he [Klopp] arrived, I saw that I wasn't in his plans. That was frustrating because I knew that during my first season at Aston Villa he wanted me.
"But we had several discussions together -- I respect and I understand his decisions."
Since Klopp’s arrival, the previously injury-ravaged Sturridge has stayed fit and will be expected to play a big role for the club next season.
Klopp’s appointment also brought the best out of Origi. The 21-year-old wasn’t given too many opportunities under Rodgers but looked brilliant at times under Klopp until a nasty injury picked up in the Merseyside derby hampered his progress.
But with these two competing for the lone striker role, not to mention the possibility of Liverpool signing another forward, it seems as though Benteke could find it tough to play regular first-team football once again.
If the club can recoup anywhere near the £32.5 million they spent on him last season, fans will no doubt be very pleased.
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