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Jurgen Klopp: 'Christian Benteke knows he can play better'

The German boss says there is more to come from the Belgian striker.

Benteke scored the winner as Liverpool beat Sunderland last night.
Benteke scored the winner as Liverpool beat Sunderland last night.

LIVERPOOL MANAGER JURGEN Klopp insists there is still plenty more to come from Christian Benteke after his latest exploits for the Reds.

Benteke scored the decisive goal in Liverpool’s 1-0 win over Sunderland on Wednesday, adding to the winner he scored against Leicester City on Boxing Day.

The Belgian forward, a big-money signing from Aston Villa over the summer, spurned several chances to add to his tally, however, and Klopp admits he can improve further.

“A striker who scores a decisive goal is always a positive thing, but I’m sure Christian knows he can play better,” Klopp explained after the game.

But at this moment, we need goals more than anything else and he did it again, so we are really satisfied.”

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce suggested there was a touch of fortune about Benteke’s 46th-minute winner, as Adam Lallana seemed to mis-control a Nathaniel Clyne pass perfectly into the Belgian’s path, but Klopp said that was of little relevance to him.

“I’m not too much interested in that, to be honest, because it’s better you decide a game early. We don’t live in wonderland and wait for the special moment, we have to work for the special moment and that’s what we did,” he added.

Liverpool’s win moved them up to seventh on the Premier League table and five points behind fourth-placed Tottenham.

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