By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens

Christian Benteke does have a future at Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp, according to the club’s former manager Brendan Rodgers.

Benteke is the Merseyside club’s leading scorer this season with seven goals but has been sidelined over the last month despite being the only senior striker available for selection.

The Belgium international has started just five of the team’s last seven matches – both against League Two side Exeter in the FA Cup – and has been overlooked even though Daniel Sturridge, Danny Ings and Divock Origi are all out injured.

Benteke was on the substitute’s bench once again as Liverpool overcame Stoke on penalties in their League Cup semi-final clash on Tuesday night.

The £32.5million signing played the last hour of the 120-minute clash and looked off the pace although he calmly dispatched his penalty in the shoot-out.

Rodgers is convinced that Klopp is a fan of Benteke and that the player will eventually come good at Anfield.

“He tried to sign him for Borussia Dortmund,” Rodgers told the talkSPORT breakfast show on Wednesday. “He met the boy and the agent at the airport in Germany. He know’s Christian’s a good player.

“I took him in the summer because we were really short of goals. One thing Christian gives you is goals but it takes time. I’m sure Jurgen will give him time.”