Benteke accepts Klopp challenge

Christian Benteke has pledged to work harder to earn a place in Liverpool’s side following a conversation with boss Jurgen Klopp.

The striker joined the Anfield club from Aston Villa for £32.5 million in the summer, but has struggled to make as big an impact as he’d have liked, despite scoring the winner against Leicester City on Boxing Day. 

However, Benteke insists he is ready to turn his Liverpool career around after Klopp spelled out what he wanted to see from him.

"I spoke with the manager a few days ago about where I can improve and what he is expecting from me," he told the Press Association"Sometimes when you are a little bit on the side you try to understand what the manager needs and what he wants and we had a very good chat. 

"We had a 'man conversation' and I think it is going to help me and help the team. 

"I think I have to run more and I have to be there for my team-mates. You could see (against Leicester) that I showed I understand his message and now I have to keep going like that."

Benteke has yet to start back-to-back games for Liverpool under Klopp, and was only introduced into the action against Leicester due to a first-half injury to Divock Origi.

However, he has denied any kind of rift with Klopp.

"I have to learn and I have to understand what he wants,” he acknowledged. "Of course I am still a young player and I want to learn. He is the right manager for me to help me in my development."