Liverpool boss Klopp: Benteke's in good form, but…


Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp feels cutting the supply to Christian Benteke will be key to beating Crystal Palace.

Klopp believes Sam Allardyce possesses one of the most potent attacking set-ups in the division and explained at his pre-match press conference why focusing too much on former Liverpool striker Benteke would be a mistake.

“He’s not 100 per cent to defend,” said the boss. “When the ball is in the air, he is the major and main threat because that’s unbelievable – we felt it a lot of times here when we trained together.

“He has scored 13 or 14 goals for Crystal Palace now. He is obviously another player with confidence, in a good run and all that stuff. Like it is always when you play against Zlatan [Ibrahimovic], other strikers, these kinds of strikers – tall, good with their back to the goal – you have to avoid the crosses and you have to avoid the passes. That’s how it works.

“If we let them cross 50 balls it’s pretty likely he will have a few dangerous headers. That’s not his only strength, of course, but that’s a real strength.

“How it always is, you have to avoid passes in this area, and not only for him, because if you are only concentrated on Christian then [Wilfried] Zaha and [Andros] Townsend are around you.

“That’s really one of the best offensive lines in the Premier League. We respect this. We know how to play against it, but nevertheless we have to show it.”

Source: Tribal football