Christian Benteke is currently in the midst of a truly epic goal drought at the head of Crystal Palace’s side but when questioned directly about his chances of getting into Liverpool’s side, the Belgian striker insisted he could still do a decent job.
The 28-year-old left Anfield in the summer of 2016, with new boss Jurgen Klopp having raised questions over whether or not the big man’s style would mesh well with what he was trying to implement on Merseyside. Christian made the decision to swap the Liver Bird for the Eagle soon after and initially took to life in SE25 like a duck to water but has since embarked upon a truly wretched run of form.
With that in mind, I dare say many will be taken aback to hear the former Villa front-man speaking with such confidence about his skill-set but as you can see from the quotes below, he’d still back himself to be a hit in the North West if given the chance.
“Yeah, I could do a job in Liverpool’s front three. 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.
“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.
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.”
In one way, it’s great to see a man whose game has come under such heavy scrutiny in recent months still talking with such obvious confidence in his own abilities but from the opposite perspective, it’s not hard to see why certain sections of the Palace fan-base would feel a little peeved when hearing Benteke suggest the quality of his current team-mates is the biggest factor in his prolonged fall from grace.
The interview does later go on to discuss the change of system implemented under Roy Hodgson and the knock-on effect that’s had for Christian’s game but it’s no surprise that his comments regarding Liverpool’s current side are getting the most attention.