Christian Benteke Reflects on His Time at Liverpool
Christian Benteke recently brought his time at Liverpool to an end after making a move to Crystal Palace.
He has become the record signing at the London outfit after having cost almost £ 30 million. Liverpool have been able to recoup most of the transfer fee that they paid for the striker one year ago. Brendan Rodgers expected the Belgian international to be the final piece in the jigsaw. After all, he has scored plenty of goals even with a struggling Aston Villa team and was only expected to be better at Liverpool surrounded by a number of world-class players.
This was not the case as Benteke never settled under the tactics of Rodgers. The Northern Ireland manager is someone who likes to play his football on the ground, while Benteke is at his strongest when the ball is whipped into the box with a lot of pace. The powerful presence of the Belgian couple of with his ability to attack headers made him a force to be reckoned with. Even after the exit of Rodgers midway through the season,Benteke’s situation did not improve since his replacement Jurgen Klopp also had similar tactics. Now, the striker has lashed out on those who have branded him as a flop.
“I don’t see my time [at Liverpool] as a failure.When I signed there was another coach and with him it might have turned out differently.I did not fit the tactical system of the new coach.That was not easy mentally because I was left to fight a losing battle.But I must not look for excuses. I could also have done better in those few minutes I got. I have not performed as expected. I am grown man and I was able to deal with it,” said Benteke after joining Palace.