By Coral Barry

Christian Benteke has slammed manager Jurgen Klopp for ignoring him at Liverpool.

The Belgian striker has found himself on the fringes of the Liverpool squad and has hit out at his coach and his critics.

As a traditional number nine who thrives off crosses, it has been suggested that Benteke simply does not suit the quick passing and high intensity game which Klopp demands at Liverpool.

However the striker has lashed out at his critics and revealed he is confused as to why he sits on the bench of a club like Liverpool.

“I do not understand why people say that [I cannot fit in at Liverpool],” said Benteke speaking to Belgian outlet Sport/Voetbalmagazine. “I can play pressing and moving a lot. It is not that we play in the Barcelona style.”

Benteke has made just 12 league starts since his £32.5million move to Merseyside in the summer.

On top of that, the Belgian has not started a league match under Klopp since the 2-0 defeat to West Ham in early January.

Jurgen Klopp appeared to criticise Christian Benteke in full view of fans and cameras

Striking out: Benteke has had a disappointing season at Liverpool

Cameras at the 3-2 Southampton loss on Sunday picked up a furious altercation between the forward and his manager, although Klopp has since played down the incident.

Benteke has consistently slipped down the striking pecking order since Klopp’s arrival in October and is now behind 20-year-old Divock Origi.

The former Aston Villa forward said: “Some team-mates have said that I was lucky with the arrival of Klopp, because I certainly would play.

“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.”

In other Liverpool news, the Reds are ready to do battle with Manchester City for Klopp’s former Borussia Dortmund star.