Capital One Cup snub proves Christian Benteke must leave Liverpool

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When losing 1-0 after 80 minutes of a cup final, the normal move for a manager would be to bring on your most dangerous goal threat from the bench.

This was a dilemma that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp faced on Sunday in the Capital One Cup final against Manchester City, yet the German turned to 20-year-old Divock Origi, ignoring £32.5 million signing Christian Benteke.

It was the latest setback that suggests the Belgian should consider leaving the Reds this summer after becoming their marquee signing only last year. With the likes of Rickie Lambert, Raheem Sterling and Mario Balotelli all departing, it was the general consensus that they needed to spend big on a new front man.


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The Belgium international's late season run of form at Aston Villa led to him scoring 13 Premier League goals in the 2014/15 season, but it was still a surprise that Liverpool met his release clause to bring him to Anfield.

Many believe he wasn't who the Reds truly wanted and that his move to Merseyside came only after the club failed to sign their top targets.

Since Klopp took over as Liverpool manager in October, Benteke has completed 90 minutes just four times in the league and featured predominantly in the FA Cup, where the German tends to use his fringe players.

The striker is at best Liverpool's third choice, with Daniel Sturridge and Origi undoubtedly ahead of him in the pecking order, whilst attacking midfielder Roberto Firmino has regularly started up front even with Benteke fit.

The problem, simply, is that the Reds' style of play is unsuited to the 25-year-old. Firmino and Phillipe Coutinho, the club's playmakers, prefer to play inside small pockets of pace with their fast, intricate passing, which utterly differs from where Benteke is strongest.

At Villa, he thrived from being fed balls into the box from his teammates yet such service hasn't been provided at his new club, even despite reminding them of his aerial dominance with a superb header against Southampton in October.

Ultimately, with it unlikely Klopp will change his playing style to suit Benteke, the latter may have no choice but to depart this summer in pursuit of the game time his talent deserves.

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