JURGEN Klopp insists Christian Benteke has a long-term future with Liverpool as he described the Belgian as the â€˜completeâ€™ striker.
It has been a testing first campaign at Anfield for Benteke, who arrived as the Â£32.5million signing that Brendan Rodgers hoped would reignite his reign; he is currently Liverpoolâ€™s leading scorer with seven goals but he has only started nine of the 22 games for which Klopp has been in charge.
His situation was placed into perspective on Sunday, when Benteke only got the final nine minutes of the 1-0 defeat to Manchester United, but it is anticipated he will begin Wednesday’s FA Cup third round replay against Exeter when Klopp selects another young side.
Being selected with a team of novices will only intensify the debate among supporters about whether Benteke can be part of Kloppâ€™s revolution but the manager has moved to clarify why he feels the 25-year-old will be a key player for him.
When asked if Benteke had a future, Klopp replied: â€˜You are too quick in your judgements. If I worked like this, I would send players who miss chances to the next club or whatever. Stay cool. Of course he has a future. That is not a question.
â€˜What we have to do is think what team fits together for the special game. For the next game it could be different. We have to think about how we create chances. First of all we cannot hope that we can get the ball into the box and then maybe Christian will finish it. – Daily Mail