Former Premier League striker Micky Quinn believes that Christian Benteke will be “gone in the summer”, with the Belgian not a good fit for Jurgen Klopp’s plans at Liverpool.
The burly centre-forward joined the Reds from Aston Villa in a £32.5m deal over the summer on the back of a prolific spell in the Midlands.
However, he’s managed to net just seven times for Liverpool, and since the arrival of Klopp – who replaced Brendan Rodgers in October – his first-team role has diluted more and more as the weeks have passed.
Benteke was left on the bench for the entirety of the Merseysiders’ League Cup Final loss at the hands of Manchester City on Sunday, with his fellow Belgian Diviock Origi called in ahead of him when the Kop side were chasing the game.
With Daniel Sturridge back fit and Roberto Firmino having also been used as a ‘false nine’ to good effect, the costly hit-man appears to be fourth choice under Klopp and Merseyside-born forward, Quinn – who played for Coventry City and Newcastle – believes that he will be sold at the end of his debut season:
“Benteke’s gone. I don’t like to say it, but I’m afraid he’s gone.” He said on talkSPORT.
“He just doesn’t fit in with Klopp’s mentality of that versatile front three, where they’re closing people down, running into the channels and getting back to defend as well – a mobile front three. He just doesn’t fit into Klopp’s brand of football.
“I really think he’ll be gone in the summer, unless he wants to work with him over pre-season to get him onto that mentality. But I don’t think so, I think he’ll be gone.
“On numerous occasions, when Benteke and Origi have been on the bench, Klopp has turned to Origi. You get that with managers. Some, when they come into clubs, fancy some players and don’t fancy others.”
Benteke is unlikely to be short off admirers despite his Anfield woes, with Chelsea having already been linked with him.