Christian Benteke admits he finds it “hard to understand” why he has struggled for regular football at Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp.
The £32.5million striker, who was once again linked with a move to West Ham in Wednesday morning’s papers, says he finds it difficult to understand why the German manager has often overlooked him since arriving at Anfield in September.
Klopp has admitted that his old club, Borussia Dortmund, were interested in signing the forward during his time Aston Villa, but instead opted for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who has gone on to become African Football of the Year and is one of Europe’s most-wanted strikers.
Benteke reportedly told Belgian outlet Sport/Voetbalmagazine: “Some team-mates have said that I was lucky with the arrival of Klopp, because I certainly would play.
“When your coach says he wanted to take you to Dortmund and a little later you sit at the same club and he ignores you, it is hard to understand.”
Klopp has regularly stated the striker remains part of his plans at Anfield, despite a reported touchline row with his manager in Sunday’s defeat at Southampton, while the player himself has said he’ll “be a warrior” and fight to save his career at Liverpool.
“In January I didn’t want to leave and it’s still my desire to succeed at Liverpool. We’ll see at the end of the season,” he said.
Benteke on Liverpool playing style
And Benteke has rejected suggestions he does not fit into Klopp’s hard-pressing style of play, with the German often preferring to use Daniel Sturridge, Roberto Firmino or Benteke’s countryman, Divock Origi.
He said: “I do not understand why people say that.
“I can play pressing and moving a lot. It is not that we play in the Barcelona style.”
Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet offered support to his team-mate for club and country.
“Everyone knows his qualities,” he told Belgian TV station Sporza.
“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.”