Klopp: No regrets over Benteke sale

Jurgen Klopp insists he has no regrets over selling Christian Benteke to Crystal Palace this summer.

Liverpool travel to Palace today where they will renew acquaintances with Belgian international Benteke, who left Anfield in a £27million move after just a year at the club.

Despite a £32m price tag, Benteke had been no more than a bit-part player at Liverpool, with nine goals in only 14 Premier League starts.

But the striker has been an instant first-choice at Palace, where he has netted three times in his first seven top flight outings for the Eagles.

“The most funny thing for me in the whole summer was that everyone told me we needed to sign a new striker,” Klopp said.

“I was thinking: ‘what do they want?’ We have enough! There are a lot of good strikers here.

“It was clear that we couldn’t go into this season – without Europe – with all these boys. You have to make decisions in a specific moment.

“It’s never really nice because there’s a lot of expectation from both sides when you make a transfer like this. But in my job I can’t always be nice. I have to make a decision for the club and for the team.

“It wasn’t an easy decision but in the end I think it was right for all sides.”

However, Klopp holds no bitterness towards Benteke, although he is well aware of the threat posed by the former Aston Villa man.

“I have nothing bad to say about him,” he added.

“Unfortunately now he plays for Crystal Palace and now we have to face them. It will be really difficult. He has given them a real boost of quality.

“Will he feel like he has a point to prove? I have no idea. You would have to ask him.”

 

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