Michael Owen questions whether Christian Benteke is good enough for Liverpool

By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens

Michael Owen is not convinced that Christian Benteke is good enough for Liverpool.

The former England and Liverpool striker has questioned whether the Merseysiders should be building their team around such a static spearhead.

Owen was speaking on Saturday afternoon as Liverpool lost 2-0 in their Premier League clash at Upton Park against West Ham, with Benteke widely criticised for his performance.

“If you’re going to play Benteke, you need to get the ball wide and get crosses into him,” Owen told BT Sport. “I’m not sure he’s a good enough player to build your team around.

“Yes, he didn’t get the service but he shouldn’t be suffering from a lack of confidence. He had scored the winning goal for a couple of matches on the spin.”

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Benteke has scored six league goals for Liverpool since his £32.5million move from Aston Villa last summer, including winners in their previous two matches against Leicester and Sunderland.

But he was overlooked in favour of younger countryman Divock Origi for a number of matches before his fellow Belgian suffered a hamstring injury against Leicester on Boxing Day and, with Daniel Sturridge rarely available, Jurgen Klopp also chose not to play a recognised striker for some games.