Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is confident out-of-form striker Christian Benteke can prove his doubters wrong in the remainder of the Premier League season.
The £32.5million summer signing is joint top scorer at the club this season but, following the return of Daniel Sturridge from injury, is currently a bit-part player and third-choice behind Sturridge and Belgian compatriot Divock Origi.
Benteke has not started a Premier League match since December 30, where he also scored his last goal, while a 20-minute substitute appearance against Manchester City in midweek – when the match was already won – was his first action in four games.
The striker has been criticised for struggling to adapt to Klopp’s playing stayle, with many claiming the striker is just not suited to the Reds.
But the German coach believes he has seen a change for the good in the front man.
“If you saw him in the last game he came on and was completely different to the games he had before,” said the Reds boss ahead of Sunday’s trip to Crystal Palace – which you can listen to LIVE on talkSPORT!
“The problem is in a club like Liverpool with the strikers we have – Sturridge, Benteke, Origi, [Danny] Ings – injured but here – and [Roberto] Firmino – you have not too much time to show what you are able to so you need to use the time you have got.
“Christian was not in the best moment in this situation and Sturridge and Divock came back and now they are little bit ahead but when I saw Christian coming on in the last game he played really good.
“I am not worried.”