What has happened to Christian Benteke?

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Christian Benteke's £32.5 million move to Liverpool was one of the most talked about transfers in what was a hectic summer window. The big Belgian striker had become something of a cult hero during his time at Aston Villa with his goals proving crucial to the plight of the club.

His physicality and finishing prowess had him tailor-made to succeed at a higher level, but so far his progress at Anfield has been slim to none. Despite scoring a few goals he is yet to make an impact of any significant worth, so just what has gone wrong?

Aston Villa hero

There is no disputing that last season, Benteke was the most influential figure in Villa narrowly avoiding relegation. After what was a poor start to the campaign Tim Sherwood took charge and seemed to galvanise the striker, turning him into one of the most feared forwards in the league.


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A hat trick against fellow relegation candidates Queens Park Rangers was possibly his finest moment in the claret and blue. His stock had grown massively after his impressive finish to the season and it was inevitable that a top club would snap him up.

Liverpool were the side to do so as they looked to improve the focal point of their attack, Benteke fitted the bill, but sometimes things just do not work out as they're supposed to.

Looking lost on Merseyside

Things just haven't clicked for the former Villa man on Merseyside, with a whole host of performances which have been underwhelming to say the least. His superb bicycle kick against Manchester United has been one of the small positives during his campaign but what we must not forget is - for the rest of the game - Benteke was virtually anonymous.

Rarely did he challenge the physically inferior Daley Blind and subsequently Liverpool's attack regularly stagnated. He seemed to lose the ability to hold the ball up - a characteristic we often used to associate him with.

Another recent dull performance came during the 1-0 home win against struggling Swansea. Once again, Benteke seemed unable to impose himself upon the game and test the likes of Ashley Williams with his physical presence.

While it is true that he has suffered from a host of injuries so far this campaign, the opportunities he has had to impress have not been taken in any shape or form.

Is he the right man?

Liverpool at this current moment, look a much better side without Benteke in the lineup. The team seem to operate much more efficiently with a flexible mobile forward line as they did when they destroyed Manchester City.

Only time will tell as to whether Liverpool's big summer signing can turn his fortunes around at the club and it is a well-known fact that often players do require time in order to adjust properly.

But Liverpool are a club with high ambitions and at times, little patience so Benteke needs to start performing to the expected standard soon or his Anfield nightmare may yet worsen.

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