Liverpool striker Christian Benteke has revealed that he is bemused with Jurgen Klopp’s handling of him at Anfield.

The 25-year-old was signed by Klopp’s predecessor Brendan Rodgers from Aston Villa for £32.5m in the summer.

Despite being such a big money signing, Benteke has struggled for game time since the German took charge of the club in October; Rodgers was sacked following a Merseyside derby draw with Everton.

The Belgium international, who came on as a substitute in the 3-2 loss to Southampton at the weekend, has made just five starts in all competitions since the end of December.

And Benteke insisted that he finds it difficult to comprehend why Klopp “ignores” him, despite the former Borussia Dortmund boss speaking highly of him after replacing Rodgers at Liverpool’s helm.


"Some team-mates have said that I was lucky with the arrival of Klopp, because I certainly would play," he told Belgium's Sport/Voetbalmagazine.

"When your coach says he wanted to take you to Dortmund and a little later you sit at the same club and he ignores you it is hard to understand."

Benteke, whose present contract with Liverpool runs until 2020, has thus far scored eight goals in 35 appearances in all competitions for the Merseyside giants.

The forward also has 24 caps and seven goals for Belgium to his name.