It’s fair to say Christian Benteke has had a difficult debut season at Anfield.
The Belgian signed for a hefty £32.5 million last summer but has fallen down the pecking order under new manager Jurgen Klopp. Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi are both scoring goals while Benteke has only managed 24 league appearances this campaign.
There has been plenty of speculation surrounding Benteke’s future while, earlier today, club legend Phil Thompson admitted he believes the striker will leave at the end of the season.
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"You don't need to be an expert or an insider to see that Benteke will be looking to move on in the summer,” Thompson told Sky Sports.
“We're all trying to read between the lines and I don't know anything definite but it looks like he's all but gone.”
However, Benteke has other ideas. Despite seemingly being out of favour at Anfield, the former Aston Villa man is keen to remain at the club.
“Even though things have not been as I wanted I’m really happy here. Playing for this club is exciting, just like what I thought it would be. Now I want to finish this season well,” Benteke said, per the Liverpool Echo.
“Obviously, it has not been the best season for me here."
Benteke added: “I haven’t played like I want to and that is frustrating but this is part of football.
“I never lose my self-confidence. But when you are not playing regularly you maybe lose a little bit of the speed or pace of the game compared to when you are playing in the side all of the time.
“You are just not as comfortable as when you play every weekend. Your match fitness isn’t the same.
“There is no secret. When things aren’t going well you just have to work harder and trust yourself,” he concluded.
You have to admit, it’s refreshing for a player to say that he’s willing to stay and fight for his place at his club.
However, Liverpool fans will probably be hoping their club can convince a few potential suitors to take a chance on the 25-year-old as they attempt to recoup some of the £32.5 million they splashed out last summer.
Still time to be a hero
Benteke could still play an important role in Liverpool’s season despite being sidelined for a month with a knee injury. The second most expensive signing in the club’s history hopes to be back playing by the end of April, leaving a few weeks left to make his impact.
If Liverpool can progress past Borussia Dortmund in the quarter-finals of the Europa League, he could be available for both semi-finals and, possibly, the final.
Benteke still has a chance to become a Liverpool hero this season.
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