Christian Benteke must seek a move in the summer after Divock Origi's recent impressive form

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Christian Benteke's time at Anfield has been pretty calamitous since his arrival from Aston Villa in the summer.

Brendan Rodgers saw him as an ideal candidate to lead the line for Liverpool, but injuries and poor form saw him struggle to make an impact under the North Irishman who was then removed from his post in the early months of the campaign.

Since then, Jurgen Klopp has made significant changes to the Liverpool side, with Benteke playing a very restricted role in proceedings.


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Daniel Sturridge's return from injury condemned the Belgian to the bench while Roberto Firmino, an attacking midfielder by trade, was preferred in a central striking role despite Benteke being available.

Now another team-mate is pushing him even further down the pecking order, the star of Liverpool's 5-4 aggregate win over Borussia Dortmund, Divock Origi.

Origi the right man for Liverpool

Benteke's style of play has been a catalyst for much of the criticism directed his way this season. His physical presence has been a weapon he has struggled to utilise due to Liverpool trying to play a possession-based game with a heavy emphasis on attractive offensive football.

Sadly, the big Belgian does not suit this playing philosophy, however, his national team-mate Origi does and he helps this Liverpool side thrive.

A quick, mobile striker with excellent ball retention and the ability to hold up the ball when necessary, as he regularly demonstrated in the home tie against Dortmund, the 20-year-old adds the extra dimension needed for Klopp's side to show their true colours.

Four goals in his last three games for the club show that he is now producing the desired output as well as the necessary input, further enhancing his new important role within the squad.

At this moment in time, Origi and Liverpool seem a match made in heaven after his sluggish start at the club and the raw youngster can only go from strength to strength which will most likely put Benteke's position at the club in further jeopardy.

Benteke simply has to find a new team

The former Villa front man simply has to try and escape his Anfield nightmare. He is a striker who requires a team to be constructed to suit his needs and sadly Liverpool are not.

Tim Sherwood tailor-made his Villa side to fit Benteke's style and subsequently the striker thrived, keeping the club in the Premier League.

Sadly, it seems as though the Belgian is not a striker who can adapt well to different styles unlike his team-mates and it is this inability which has cost him so dearly this season.

He has provided some moments of magic, most notably match-winning goals against Leicester City and Crystal Palace as well as a sensational bicycle kick against bitter rivals Manchester United.

Nevertheless, his output of goals and overall contribution to the side has simply not been enough to render Benteke a success of any sort at Anfield.

He will have plenty of suitors seeking his signature in the summer because on his day he can be a hugely effective forward in the correct system, but with Origi's recent rise to the forefront of this Liverpool side, Benteke's spell at Liverpool should come to an end this summer.

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