|Desc||Rodgers thought he could buck the striker trend by putting all his £32.5 million eggs into one basket and signed Christian Benteke in 2015. At first glance, the former Aston Villa target man seemed to have the goal scoring credentials having amassed 49 goals in 101 appearances. However, a change of manager and a failure to fit into Klopp’s style of play meant that the Belgian was restricted to just ten goals in 42 appearances. He left Liverpool for Crystal Palace in 2016|
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2019 05 26 Retrieve
[Crystal Palace forward Christian Benteke has praised Jurgen Klopp despite the Liverpool manager showing him the exit at Anfield after just one frustrating season] Klopp is still the best manager I worked with, although I didn’t play a lot. He wanted fast players up front. I understood his decision.
[Benteke is keen to return to the Premier League and regain the form that saw him star for Villa] I started well in England, I want to finish in style too. I don’t want to run away like a thief in the night. I injured my knee last season and played through pain. I never felt 100% this season
2019 06 07 Retrieve
[Christian Benteke claims Eden Hazard has seen Real Madrid as part of his future for a long time] Eden and I have known each other since we are young boys. He always told me that Real Madrid is his dream club. His choice has therefore been made for a long time. I am happy for him that he is close to an agreement. I hope it will be fully official as soon as possible
2019 09 30 Retrieve
[Quizzed on whether he could have been a success in that side] Yeah. It’s easy to say now because I play for Palace and they play for Liverpool, but when you train every day with the same players and the manager believes in you, it’s easier
[Benteke, who was moved on as Klopp put his faith in Roberto Firmino] People will say I’m making excuses, but everyone knows the club was going through a transition when I was there. If you compare the team from when I was there to the current team, I think there are only three, four players still in the first 11, most of them are new
I started well, but he [Brendan Rodgers] was already under pressure from the previous season because they almost won the league and then Klopp came and everything changed. When he came to Liverpool he said: ‘Sorry, I want to play different football I want to have a quick, small, sharp player’. I tried to fight for my spot, but at the end of the season he said: ‘It’s best if you find a new situation too, I won’t hold you up’
[The goals have, however, dried up as just one was recorded last season and he is still waiting to open his account for 2019-20] Let me tell you, it’s been the hardest time in my career so far. But I haven’t lost my confidence. It’s more frustration because the thing that I was doing before - scoring goals - I can still do it.
[Quizzed on whether he could push for a move in January] No. It’s too soon to talk about this. I don’t feel that I finished my job. I can do well here. We’ve only played six games, there’s another 32 to play. A lot of things can happen, that’s the beauty of this game
2019 11 21 Retrieve
[Yet to score for Crystal Palace this season, but surfing the wave of confidence that comes with scoring twice in a 6-1 victory for his country over Cyprus, Christian Benteke is pondering the possibility of a fresh start elsewhere] Playing for your club is always different from the national team. I hope the Cyprus game will give me my confidence back and give me the chance to score for Palace. But I also have to think about the January transfer window. I will give it some thought and I’ll see what can be done.