Klopp backing for Benteke

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has backed embattled striker Christian Benteke to rediscover his scoring form after failing to score in his last 11 appearances.

The Reds were knocked out of the FA Cup fourth round following a 2-1 replay defeat to West Ham on Tuesday evening, courtesy of a 121st-minute Angelo Ogbonna winner.

Benteke, a £35 million off-season arrival from Aston Villa, had nine shots on goal in the 120 minutes, but failed score, making it 11 games without a goal.

Klopp, though, has backed the Belgium international, who has netted seven times this season, to end his scoring slump.

“Ask 80-90 percent of all strikers in the world – high-quality, low-quality, no quality – they will tell you they have times like this,” Klopp said after the game.

“You have to carry on, you have to go on. All the people in the world want the easy goal but the easy goal doesn’t help. You have to play and improve, that’s how it always is.

“Tonight, it was a really good game without the maximum finish, that’s right but he worked a lot so that’s a big step. That’s good for us, that’s good for him.”