Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed that he's had a heart-to-heart with striker Christian Benteke.
As reported by the Liverpool Echo, the charismatic coach has insisted that he's had a 'good talk' with the Belgium international and has insisted that the forward knows what he has to do for the club.
Benteke, of course, has endured a tricky time under Klopp and has struggled in front of goal recently. In fact, the summer signing from Aston Villa has only struck four goals in 14 Premier League outings this term.
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However, Klopp is confident that his forward can deliver the goods for the club. Speaking to reporters, the Liverpool boss stated: “Christian has trained well this week and we've had a good talk together.
“We know what he has to do and he knows what he has to do.
“Everything is okay. He didn't lose his place in the squad. Sometimes you start, sometimes you don't. We have a lot of options so we have to make decisions.
“In the offensive line we have three options so we decided to make changes last week.
“Christian is completely clear. He knows. He's not saying 'let's wait and see'. He is working and he's trying to be better.
“I don't like talking to you about things like this.
“Maybe it's my language, maybe it's you looking for sensations. It always sounds completely different to what I meant!
“We are still at the beginning here. If you are the only striker at the club then you play all the time.
“Every striker will say 'give me five games in a row and then you'll have the striker you want'. That's not possible here.
“We have to try things, we have to create things, we have to change things because the number of games is a big difference. Three games a week or one game a week is a big difference."
Klopp has admitted that Benteke's biggest strength is in the air, but has insisted that he must express himself in other ways in pursuit of glory.
The Reds boss continued by saying: “Christian's biggest strength is heading so everyone is waiting for crosses. But you have two high towers, centre-halves, in the box. You can't always wait for that as that is only one situation in offence.
“We need to create more moments for all our offensive players. We need to push up from centre midfield more and get into the box to create more opportunities. We need more movements together.
“If we could train more often then Christian will see that it's easy. 'Go there, come here, go again'.
“We have dominance in a lot of situations with our full-backs pushing up. We just have to make better decisions around the box.
“For me and for Christian, it was a really good talk. Now we have made a few decisions and hopefully you will see the results of that.”
Benteke and Co., then, will be desperate to fire Liverpool to all three points this afternoon. The Reds are set for a tricky challenge, however, as the play host to league leaders Leicester City.
But Klopp will be well aware that his side must start finding some momentum as they go in search of climbing the Premier League table. Liverpool still have a great chance of securing a place in the top four, but they can't afford to fall any further behind their rivals.
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