Klopp: Benteke is ‘trying and knows where the goal is’

Date published: Friday 22nd January 2016 11:56

Christian Benteke: Considering his future at Anfield.

Jurgen Klopp has backed under-fire striker Christian Benteke and says the the Liverpool man “knows where the goal is”.

Benteke has scored just seven goals in 26 appearances for the Reds this term after his £32.5million move from Aston Villa in the summer.

The Belgium striker has failed to fit into Klopp’s side so far, but the German boss is happy with the forward and thinks he might be “trying too hard”.

“Everyone could see against Exeter he was involved in two of the three goals. The third goal was a really good pass; the  first goal was perfect play. He is working hard. His attitude was really good,” said Klopp ahead of Saturday’s lunchtime clash at Norwich.

“Sometimes he tried too hard but he knows where the goal is. It’s something we need to develop together. He knows what we want to do.

“You need a striker who makes a goal, but you cannot wait for him to come. I have seen him playing like this, holding the ball up for the team, and we have to work hard for him to do this.”

Addressing Liverpool’s lack of goals Klopp called for calm heads ahead of the Carrow Road showdown with a “creative and quick” Norwich.

“We have to take right decision in right situation. There have been lots of moments when if we had been cooler we’d have taken right option.

“When you don’t score a lot of goals you have to defend very disciplined.”

Klopp, who voiced his support for Benteke earlier this week, also warned his side about taking Norwich lightly in Saturday’s 12.45pm kick-off.

“You look at table and think 18pts, not so good, but they are creative and quick.

“They have had some problems in defence, less in offence. But they are creative and quick, but they conceded easy goals. But they have changed this situation, taking Wolfsburg defender Tim Klose; I know him he’s really good.

“We are the first team who have to play about their new team.

“Steven Naismith is a really good player. I saw him live for Scotland and was really impressed. He is a danger.”

Klopp confirmed striker Daniel Sturridge will miss the trip to Norwich but refused to put a timescale on his return to action.

“I have to take it like it is. He’s had for good days work but he still needs time,” said Klopp, who also revealed Adam Lallana may be sidelined through injury.

“Adam Lallana is a doubt. He has a little issue. We will have to see,” added Klopp.

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