Benteke says he could have succeeded under Klopp, with a bit more trust
What the striker needs now; is trust, sweet trust.
Christian Benteke says he could have stayed and succeeded at Liverpool, under his now-former manager Jurgen Klopp, if he had just trusted the striker a bit more.
[ FOLLOW: All of PST’s PL coverage ]He didn’t, though, and Benteke ultimately left the club after just one season, in which the big Belgian scored nine times in 29 Premier League appearances. It doesn’t sound like Benteke really wanted to leave Anfield, but he had little choice given what he perceived to be a lack of trust — quotes from Crystal Palace’s website:
“A lot of things happened at Liverpool. When I arrived it was with Brendan Rodgers as manager, but then he was sacked and Jurgen [Klopp] came in and had his own plan, but that’s part of football.
“I could have done better but I think I also needed some trust from the manager and the staff.”
Given the number of quality wingers that Benteke’s new club, Palace, currently employs — they actually started five of them on the weekend — he should score loads of goals for the Eagles from ample wide service. Klopp won’t regret letting the player go, because he truly wouldn’t have ever thrived in his system, but Benteke puts together his first 20-goal season in the PL (he hit 19 in his debut campaign, 2012-13) that’ll be the narrative anyway.