Liverpool fans left cold by thought of Benteke leading the line

Date published: Friday 26th February 2016 10:11

Christian Benteke: Has struggled to convince for Liverpool

Liverpool supporters have voted for the striker they would most like to lead the line for their club​ – and there’s been an overwhelming show of distrust in Christian Benteke.

The Reds added four players to their attacking ranks last summer, though they are all yet to completely convince on Merseyside.

Danny Ings has been somewhat unfortunate, having suffered a season-ending knee injury in October, while Divock Origi has often found himself restricted to substitute’s role, with big-money signings Roberto Firmino and Christian Benteke struggling to justify their fees.

Unsurprisingly then, it is another Liverpool striker who topped the poll of over 13,000 readers – collecting a staggering 77% of the votes.

Liverpool fans: Still behind Daniel Sturridge

Daniel Sturridge has suffered yet another injury-disrupted season at Anfield, and hasn’t featured in more than three consecutive matches. Yet despite this, he is the man Liverpool would most like to see leading their line for the remainder of the campaign, after he recently returned to fitness.

And the stats are very much in favour of that, with Sturridge boasting the best strike rate per minute of any Reds forward this season.

The 26-year-old has scored five goals in total, producing a ratio of one every 108 minutes, which is considerably higher than Ings’ impressive tally of one every 170 (three goals).

Ings’ injury meant he was not included in the poll, however, leaving Firmino as the next most popular pick with 17 per cent of the votes – despite having the worst minutes per goal ratio of all.

The Brazilian has only managed one every 348 minutes so far (six goals), although he has only started ten games as an out-and-out centre-forward, with much of his time spent either on the wing or as a central attacking midfielder.

And propping up the bottom are Benteke and Origi with three per cent of the votes each, this despite Origi’s surprisingly impressive strike rate of a goal every 206 minutes.

His fellow countryman has averaged one every 271 minutes to date, but is currently in the midst of a 12-game drought.


Aidan Cusick 


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