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Published: 09:37 | 15/5/16

Benteke keen to stay at Liverpool

Belgian has made only 13 Premier League starts this season

Christian Benteke says he is determined to stay at Liverpool despite growing uncertainty over his future.

The Belgian has struggled for game time under both Jurgen Klopp and his predecessor Brendan Rodgers since moving from Aston Villa in a £32.5m transfer last summer.

The 25-year-old has made only 13 Premier League starts this season, and fallen behind both Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi in Klopp’s pecking order, while Danny Ings is also available following a seven-month injury lay-off.

Klopp has hinted that he is prepared to listen to offers for the striker this summer, but Benteke says he is determined to stay and fight for his place at Anfield, believingthat the German can help improve him as a player.

"When I signed I didn’t sign for one year – I want to stay here next year," he said.

"I think I have the quality and the manager knows my strengths and weaknesses – I’ve no doubt [Klopp can make me better].

"I know I’ve had a tough season but I’m going to fight until the end. Everything can change so I keep focused and keep going for the team and myself."

Benteke is expected to feature against West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns on Sunday afternoon, with Klopp set to rest his key players ahead of the Europa League final against Sevilla on Wednesday, but the 6'3" target man says he has not given up hope of featuring at St Jakob-Park in four days' time.

"Of course, everyone wants to help the team win on Wednesday but we still have one more game on Sunday," he said

"We will then focus on the final.

"It is a massive game for us because we can win the Europa League obviously but we can get direct access to the Champions League. The club wants to be in there next year and we have to do our best.

"I try to do my best when the manager needs me. So we will see what’s going to happen and how different it will be next week."

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet believes the club's fans have yet to see the best of his international team-mate, who has netted nine goals in 1439 minutes of Premier League action this season.

"It's not easy as a striker coming from club like Aston Villa, where he was the big star and everyone had a lot of confidence in him," Mignolet said.

"He has come to a club like Liverpool where first he has to fight for his place in the team, where there are different players with the same abilities and different kind of styles to him.

"When you get injured, like he did, it's difficult to get going. You need a bit of time. But I know what kind of character he is. He will always keep his head down and work hard."

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