Liverpool striker Christian Benteke is fighting hard to overcome his underwhelming start to life at Anfield, according to his club and national team colleague Simon Mignolet.
The Belgian has done to little justify his whopping £32.5 million price tag in his first season since joining from Aston Villa in July 2015, starting just 12 league matches to date.
However, Mignolet believes his misfiring compatriot, who has found the net just once in over 600 minutes of football throughout 2016, is giving everything to ensure he hits top form for the Reds.
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"Everyone knows his qualities," he told Belgian TV station Sporza, as reported by ESPN.
"When you're a footballer, you want to play in all the matches and it's not easy when you're on the bench.
"He's continuing to work hard at training and for his place. He does his best every day.”
Benteke has bagged a modest total of nine goals in 36 appearances in all competitions for Liverpool – an output that is understandably frustrating in the eyes of the Kop faithful.
The 25-year-old’s paltry contribution at the focal point of Jurgen Klopp’s attack has been compounded by the Reds’ flailing season.
A top-six Premier League finish is also slipping away for the ninth-placed Reds with nine fixtures left to play including tricky encounters against Tottenham Hotspur, Stoke, Everton and Chelsea.
While Benteke has struggled to make his mark on the Liverpool team this season, the run in offers a prime opportunity to remind Klopp and the fans of his once clinical ability in the box.
Anfield is waiting to see the striker who bagged 19 goals in 34 league appearances during the 2012/13 season and Benteke will need to start producing similar numbers if he is to avoid falling out of favour in Merseyside.
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