By Coral Barry
Jamie Carragher has praised Christian Benteke for not moaning about being frozen out at Liverpool.
The Sky Sports pundit has been impressed by Benteke’s conduct during a miserable few months for the club’s £32.5million signing.
The Belgium came on to fire 10-man Liverpool to victory against Crystal Palace in Sunday’s Premier League clash after he won and converted a controversial penalty.
Speaking after the game, Carragher was keen to single out the striker’s strong character.
“Benteke has never gone to the press and complained whenever he has come on,” Carragher told Sky Sports on Sunday afternoon. “You could expect a different reaction from someone who doesn’t play.”
Benteke has managed just 12 league starts this season and has often been overlooked by Klopp in favour of 20-year-old Divock Origi as well as attacking midfielder Roberto Firmino.
Origi started in Liverpool’s 3-0 win over Manchester City on Wednesday and was preferred again on Saturday against the Eagles.
Benteke arrived on Merseyside with a huge amount of expectation and Carragher expressed sympathy for the frontman.
The former Liverpool defender said: “He was a big money signing and it hasn’t quite worked out for him.
“You feel for him at times. Klopp has played Origi and brought him on as a sub. It is like he has become a fourth-choice striker.”
Despite his troubles, Benteke has still managed seven league goals this term and was the epitome of calm when it came to slotting home the game-deciding penalty in the 95th minute.
The result lifts Liverpool to seventh in the table and just six points off the final Champions League spot.
It is the first time this season that the Reds have strung together three successive league wins.
Liverpool take a break from the league next week as they play Manchester United in the Europa League on Thursday.