Klopp plays down angry exchange with Benteke after Southampton defeat
By Coral Barry
Jurgen Klopp has dismissed questions about an incident with Christian Benteke after Liverpool surrendered a two goal lead to lose 3-2 against Southampton on Sunday in the Premier League.
The Liverpool manager was visibly furious when Benteke missed a sitter that would have potentially halted the Saints resurgence when the Reds were 2-1 ahead and then was seen to offer some frank advice to the striker after the full-time whistle.
Klopp was asked about the incident after the game, but insisted the exchange was not an angry one.
“Sometimes we have to talk with players, that’s my job,” said Klopp speaking to the BBC. “They go to the national teams now and I don’t want to make phone calls with all of them, so I had a few words, it’s okay. Nothing else.”
Benteke was a mega-transfer acquisition by former coach Brendan Rodgers at £32.5million in the summer, but has struggled to live up to his price-tag in his first season at Anfield.
He started on the substitute’s bench once again on Sunday, as he was overlooked in favour of Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi, who started as a strike pair in the absence of the injured Roberto Firmino.
Liverpool were two goals to the good after just 22 minutes and looked to be cruising to their fourth consecutive league win.
But the introduction of Sadio Mane and Victor Wanyama tipped the game dramatically in Southampton’s favour.
Mane scored two goals on either side of a Graziano Pelle strike to complete a dramatic comeback and all but end Liverpool’s hopes of a top four place.
In other Liverpool news, a German journalist has revealed that Mario Gotze wants to move to Merseyside in the summer.