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Benteke Speaks Out: “I Needed Some Trust”

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Christian Benteke speaks for the first time in recent memory about his lack of playing time at Liverpool.

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Late-departed Christian Benteke spoke to Crystal Palace’s official media arm and had some thoughts Liverpool fans may or may not agree with.

“I could have done better,” the Belgian admitted, “but I think I also needed some trust from the manager and the staff.” It’s unclear which manager and which staff Beneteke references, but one would assume he means Jürgen Klopp.

To be fair, Benteke was rumored to be a Brendan Rodgers purchase, and one that made little sense to many Reds. Always hindered by the price tag, Benteke tried his best and did an admirable job in his limited playing time: 10 goals and six assists in only 42 appearances despite failing to fit in could’ve been far worse.

This is not this is not the first time Benteke sent volleys Klopp’s way: “he tells me that I’m a striker who can do everything....I have variety to my game but why am I not playing then,” the striker posited in March, 2016.

It was apparent to many far before March, 2016 that Benteke likely didn’t fit, and accordingly, we’ve reached a deal with Crystal Palace to move the talented Belgian on. His comments will likely elicit some twitter fume, but it’s hard not to sympathize with the Belgian.

Rodgers hailed him as the answer and brought him in to be the belated replacement for Luis Suárez. An utter failure in latter regard, it’s hard not to feel bad for the big lad, as he scored some game winners and tried his best, securing leading scorer accolades when he actually was given game time.

Good luck, Christian. Please stop talking and get back to scoring goals.