Redknapp: This under-fire Liverpool senior player deserves far more opportunities

By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens

Jamie Redknapp has suggested Christian Benteke should be given more opportunities to be the spearhead of the Liverpool attack.

The TV and newspaper pundit believes the Belgian striker’s scoring record is deserving of a higher status than he has been given at Anfield this season.

Benteke has not started a Premier League match since early January but maintained his creditable scoring record when he came off the bench at half-time on Sunday and scored a header in Liverpool’s 3-1 defeat to Swansea.

It was Benteke’s eighth league goal of the season from 26 matches in the competition, only 12 of which he has started.

“Christian Beneteke has scored a goal every 165.4 minutes this season,” Redknapp wrote in his Daily Mail column on Monday. “That’s the 11th-fastest rate of any striker in the league.

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“Maybe he deserves a few more chances to be the main man.”

It has been widely suggested that Benteke will leave Liverpool in the summer just 12 months after his £32.5million move from Aston Villa.

He is behind Daniel Sturridge and the injured Divock Origi in the striker pecking order under Jurgen Klopp, while playmaker Roberto Firmino has frequently been preferred to spearhead the attack, including in last Thursday’s 1-0 Europa League defeat to Villarreal.

Liverpool legend Steve Nicol has already predicted who will replace Benteke up front in the team next season.

In other Liverpool news, Klopp has revealed the half-time exchange he had with Sturridge at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday.