Benteke admits he is confused by Klopp snub at Liverpool

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Klopp 'ignoring' Benteke
Klopp 'ignoring' Benteke

Christian Benteke has revealed he feared for his Liverpool future from the moment Jurgen Klopp was confirmed as the club’s manager in October.

Benteke was Liverpool’s most expensive signing of last summer, with his £32m arrival from Aston Villa signed off my Brendan Rodgers before he was sacked following a slow start to this season.

Yet while most Liverpool fans and players appear to have welcomed Klopp’s arrival, Belgium forward Benteke has confessed that he was not optimistic about his prospects under his new manager from day one. 

Benteke was linked with a move to join Dortmund during Klopp’s time at the helm of the Bundesliga club, but he has not been a first pick for the German during his time at the Anfield helm.

“From the time Jurgen Klopp arrived, I felt it was going to be complicated for me. Even if I knew that he liked me,” he told Sport Magazine in Belgium.

“Some of my teammates even said to me that I was lucky to see Klopp arrive because I was practically certain to play. But in my head, and after what I experienced in my career, I said to myself that anything could happen and I wasn’t mistaken.

“When a coach meets you and tells you he wants to bring you to Dortmund and then you meet him later, but it’s not working, you say to yourself that not everything is always very clear.

“Still today, he tells me that I’m a striker who can do everything. He says I have variety to my game, but why am I not playing then? He has his choices and I’ve got to respect them.

“I don’t understand that they would say that I don’t suit his style of play. Pressing, to move, I know how to do it. It’s not like we were playing like Barcelona either.”

Benteke stressed he did not come close to leaving Liverpool in last transfer window, but his future is certain to be under the microscope against this summer.

“In January I didn’t want to leave and it’s still my desire to succeed at Liverpool,” he added. “We’ll see at the end of the season."