Christian Benteke names his dream five-a-side team

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Christian Benteke has named his dream five-a-side team, but could only find room for two of his Liverpool teammates.

The Belgium international, interviewed by Reds goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, opted against naming a goalkeeper in his team - that would obviously be a major problem if they ever faced anyone - but named a pretty strong outfield line-up.

Benteke’s first choice was Chelsea’s attacking winger Eden Hazard, a fellow Belgium international. The former Aston Villa star also selected two other compatriots: Kevin De Bruyne, now of Manchester City, and his Liverpool teammate Divock Origi.


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The other two players Benteke named were Philippe Coutinho, no major surprise with that one, and his former Aston Villa teammate Jack Grealish.

Grealish has only just turned 20, but it says everything about his talent and potential that Benteke rates him as one of the best five players he’s played with.

Benteke: Manuel Neuer most 'intimidating' keeper

Also in the interview, which was uploaded by the Mirror, Benteke named Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer as the most intimidating goalkeeper he has faced. No mention on this occasion for another of his Belgium international teammates, Thibaut Courtois.

Summing himself up in three words, meanwhile, Benteke said “character”, “shy” and “honest”.

Benteke must adapt to Klopp's system

It will be fascinating to see whether Jurgen Klopp can bring the best out of Benteke, who cost Liverpool a cool £32.5 million in the summer.

Brendan Rodgers didn’t have long working with the 24-year-old, but the early signs weren’t particularly promising.

Benteke relies on service into the box - crosses, corners and other set-pieces - but Liverpool want to play more expansively.

In order to flourish under Klopp, Benteke must first prove that he possesses the required work ethic and willingness to press from the front.

Christian Benteke's dream five-a-side team

Eden Hazard, Philippe Coutinho, Kevin De Bruyne, Jack Grealish and Divock Origi.

Liverpool fans: are you worried that Christian Benteke will turn out to be an expensive flop? Have your say by leaving a comment in the box below!

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