Ex-Liverpool striker Stan Collymore does not believe that £32.5million summer signing Christian Benteke will fit into new manager Jurgen Klopp’s system, according to reports from the Express.
Klopp was recently named as the Reds new boss following the sacking of Brendan Rodgers, who failed to impress the Liverpool hierarchy with a series of poor results at the beginning of the season.
And despite being linked with a plethora of his former Borussia Dortmund stars, Klopp has insisted that he is happy with the current crop of Reds players at his disposal.
However, Collymore, who scored 28 goals in 64 games for Liverpool, believes that Benteke will struggle under Klopp, but thinks that Daniel Sturrige can adapt to the German’s style of play.
“Benteke and Sturridge will almost have to reinvent themselves,” he wrote for Boylesports.com.
“Daniel can do it, make no mistake. But he’s going to have to prove his fitness to be in the manager’s long-term plans. As for Christian, I honestly don’t know if he’ll make it.”
Collymore went on to add that Adam Lallana might also miss out on some valuable game time, citing his lack of pace as an issue.
“Adam Lallana is another player who for me doesn’t fit the profile,” he continued.
“Not because he’s not willing to work hard – he most certainly is – but he’s not the kind of attacking midfielder who will be quick enough to implement high intensity pressing into his game.
“He’s languid and not the quickest, and perhaps at 27 that part of his game isn’t going to come easily, so I suggest he may be someone else on the move in the next few windows.”