Christian Benteke on why his Liverpool career wasn't a "failure"

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Nine goals and 29 Premier League appearances later and Christian Benteke's nightmare at Liverpool is finally over.

The Belgian striker has completed a near-identical £32 million move to Crystal Palace where, under Alan Pardew, he can rebuild his floundering career.

Whilst Liverpool fans will undoubtedly be glad to see the back of Benteke, they'll hold a sense of regret about just how good he could have been.


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Which raises an interesting point: exactly whose fault was it that the 25-year-old failed to hit the ground running on Merseyside?

Was it Benteke's? Brendan Rodgers'? Or even Jurgen Klopp's? Well, in an interview with the Daily Mail, he pinpointed Rodgers' departure as a turning point and also claimed he didn't fail at Liverpool.

He said: "I don't see my time there as a failure. When I signed there was another coach (Rodgers) and with him it might have turned out differently.

"I did not fit the tactical system of the new coach (Klopp). That was not easy mentally because I was left to fight a losing battle. But I must not look for excuses.

"I could also have done better in those few minutes I got. I have not performed as expected."

Benteke accepts that it was his responsibility to adapt, not anyone else's.

"Liverpool is a big club and, there, you do not go looking for the coach, knocking on the door of his office," the Belgian added.

"I am grown man and I was able to deal with it.

"[Klopp] had a particular system and I did not fit in. It was up to me to find a solution. These are things that happen in a career. There are no regrets."

Benteke can now put his troubled past behind him and focus on repaying his new manager for the faith shown in him.

He failed to do so in his first appearance for Palace - the Eagles drew 1-1 with Bournemouth on Saturday - but for Pardew, the striker showed glimpses of his ability.

"I thought he showed flashes of why we spent a club record fee on him," Palace's manager said.

"He hasn't had a lot of match action and even though we were on the side of a caution with him, he looks really good.

"I want Christian to get to the level where he was prior to Liverpool. He didn't play enough there, but he'll get a flow of games here."

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