I’m sure we were all frustrated by Benteke’s finishing, or rather lack of it last night.  He hasn’t scored since Sunderland away despite loads of chances.  Clearly his confidence in front of goal is very low and he’s going through one of those spells that most strikers endure at some stage of their career.  He had a similar spell with Villa at the start of last season but then went on a goal a game spree in the second half of the season.  It wouldn’t be so bad if he had been contributing to the team in the way that Heskey used to but all too often he hasn’t seemed to be on the same wavelength as his team mates.

Despite the above and despite his misses last night, for the first time since he arrived at Anfield I could see, especially after the substitutions, a role he could play in the team.  I thought the link up play between him and Sturridge was very promising especially considering they have only played, I think, 45 minutes together previously.  Benteke’s physical presence was creating a foil for Sturridge who to my mind is much more dangerous playing with a partner than as a lone striker.  Whether Benteke can be that partner long term remains to be seen – obviously he will have to regain his scoring touch, but I think he will find it easier to score himself once Sturridge is banging them in.  That would lift some of the weight from his shoulders.  So I for one am not writing Benteke off just yet though of course he has a lot to prove over the rest of the season.

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warrior18
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I honestly don’t know what to think with benteke, a part of me thinks he just won’t fit in and part of me thinks, we know he can score, his confidence is just shot right now. I suppose given the injury history of sturridge we have to keep benteke and give him another season to prove himself. Lets not forget we have Ings to come back for next season who i think will be a success with us and i think Origi will be aswell. If sturridge can put his horrific injury record behind him, if benteke can sort out his confidence then i’m seriously looking forward to next season and we may not have to spend big on a striker but that’s an ideal situation and maybe klopp already has other idea’s.

DB-99
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Benteke played really well yesterday. If he finished his chances we’d all be singing a different tune but the fact is the club paid a huge sum of money for him and that comes with certain expectations. I would keep playing Benteke and give him until the end of next season to prove himself. If we sell in the summer we are not going to get more than 15M for him so I think it’s better to give him a chance. He showed at Villa, much like other big #9s he needs games to get up to speed. Yesterday he was enjoying the game, the atmosphere and I think if that could harnessed and he keeps putting the energy and effort like he did yesterday then he’ll be a top goal scorer. Sturridge and Coutinho can play off him and if Clyne and Smith/Moreno can deliver a better ball in the box then he’ll put chances away. Playing with Ibe and Firmino doesn’t help him because they hesitate to cross and generally it’s bad balls in the box. On the flip side, a front 3 of Firmino/Coutinho/Sturridge could prove to be our first choice. I’m not quite sold on Origi… Read more »
ezanih
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DB-99, no Moreno please no no no … hi hi hi. Agree with you on Firminho. That game where JK had Firminho and Benteke together upfront ended in total distaster!
Playing the 2 Brazilians together at the front (now that the Count is fit) is a no-brainer. These 2 are Brazilians and they understand each other 100%. We’ve had problems when teams parked the bus against us and to me, we absolutely MUST HAVE the Firm and the Count playing together to crack the nut (see my blog on my team eleven selection).
That said, I would also play Origi and Studge. I say Origi because Jurgen highly recommends him and from that 6 goals thriller against Southampton!
And then Emre Can and Lucas Leiva in midfield who make great penetrating passes and we will have a great attacking team !!!

lanoisseforp
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Big Ben is a decent player but the price tag of £32M for an old fashioned center forward was too much… we got ripped off and it’s a huge burden on his shoulders. We must sit back and think logically that it’s his first season with us from a 4-4-2 defensive to a 4-3-3 attacking styles. Aston Villa play 4-4-2 defensive.

Belgium has always played 4-4-2 defensive as far as I can remember unless they have changed it in the last few years and I was out of the loop.

ezanih
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lanoisseforp, agree. Its the 32 million pound price tag that’s causing the problem. He is our topscorer isn’t he? What more do they want? So no to selling him….he’ll only get better and a strong presence is needed at the front.

ezanih
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The thing about Benteke is we absolutely need a big, tall & strong presence upfront. What are the alternatives to Benteke? Lukaku? Yaya Toure? Peter Crouch? Andy Carroll? Well ok, I’d take Yaya anytime but …if we take out that poor goalscoring run (at the moment?), Benteke still has exquisitely weighted and accurate passes when the ball if upfont (he rarely gives them away) and he wins the ball almost everytime but other players need to know where to position themselves to feed the ball off Benteke. The other major problem we are having is Liverpool players DO NOT run into spaces and make opportunities for themselves and others and I do not know why…its an essential part of the game.
Having said that, Benteke HAS scored winners recently … don’t forget … two, he is the current highest scorer for our club and three, that bicycle kick goal against Manure .. oooh!!!
Sell Benteke….no please

Koped49
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Big Ben needs to find some confidence from some where, he looked a little better the other night, but really needs to get involved in front of goal. He did cost us 32milion, the whole of the Leicester team when they played man ******* only cost 22.4million. So some times it’s not about how much a player cost, it about fitting into the team system.

RedUncle
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There are few things more frustrating than watching a striker that you know is perfectly able to score fantastic goals but for some reason is just not doing it right now. What gets me with Benteke is the number of one-on-ones with the keeper that don’t end with a goal, that to me is the true sign of a player that is riddled with self-doubt.

I don’t think Benteke is a naturally arrogant player, he’s certainly not in interviews, and a lot of strikers need a bit of arrogance about them (with the exception of Messi). That could be why Benteke slips in and out of these fallow periods, maybe it takes a lot psychologically for him to muster enough confidence to stay at the cutting edge. I wouldn’t be surprised if as players start returning from injury and the team as a whole starts to pick up Benteke becomes more confident too. We’ve seen it before, as the team in general becomes more confident struggling players get lifted along with it.

ezanih
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Uncle, I also have the feeling that Benteke is a bit of a softie. His soft character could be the aspect of his game that is hindering his one on ones. One on ones require a lot of confident when you’re only faced with the GK and the tremendous pressure to score which Ben failed so far. Theoretically its best to shoot early with sufficient distance from the GK but you better be accurate. The other way is to lob above. Lob above is best because there is no obstruction to the ball. Anything lower and the ball has the GK’s hands, feets, body and head to contend with. Or if you’re as exact as Suarez, “meg”. But his soft character allows him to make accurate passes which should really be better utilised by the others. He wins a lot of headers too. But there is no way of escape for a striker – a good striker almost always scores his one-on-ones (see Aguero, Suarez)

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