We use cookies to provide you with a better service. Carry on browsing if you're happy with this, or find out how to manage cookies.

7 great sport channels

Football, Rugby, UFC, GAA

All free when you join eir Broadband

Subscribe to eir Sport
Published: 11:54 | 12/2/16

Benteke must help himself - Klopp


Christian Benteke is not in the “easiest period of his career,” but Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp feels it is up to the player to transform his fortunes.

Benteke is Liverpool's leading goalscorer this season with seven goals but he has not found the back of the net since the win over Sunderland in December and his lack of confidence has resulted in him missing several chances in recent games.

Klopp is doing all he can to help the striker but he believes the onus is now on has spoken to the striker about the situation but the Germand believes Benteke must take responsibility for his poor form.

"I can do a lot of things but at the end - and it is not only with Christian - the last important help comes from the player himself,” said Klopp.

The manager was encouraged by Benteke's performance in Liverpool's FA Cup replay defeat at West Ham and is hopeful he will continue to improve.

"I saw really good signs at West Ham. It is not the easiest period of his career but the number of opportunities is a good sign, if he had no opportunities it would be a much bigger problem but it is not too easy," he added.

"You cannot hide yourself. I talked to him a few times and gave him some advice as a human being and a coach and he has really tried to come back to an easy moment.

"Strikers who do not score goals for a longer period it is more interesting than if someone else does not score enough. There are worse situations in the world - even in the world of football - so we have to carry on and he has to carry on."

Benteke scored 49 goals in 101 appearances for Aston Villa but he is unlikely to start when Liverpool travel to Villa Park on Sunday.

"I have not the best experience with players coming back to former clubs, it is usually they make more pressure for themselves because they want to make more pressure,” said Klopp.

"I don't know the history with Christian and Aston Villa so I don't know whether they will welcome him with open arms or whistles but that is not too interesting for me.

"It is not an issue for me to make a decision. It is professional football in a year and it is only one game a year going to your former club.

"There are no final decisions for the line-up and I don't hope too often before a game 'Come on, maybe this is the game when it will change'. It is about work and circumstances and we will see what line-up we will choose but it is not because of personal histories with this club."

Hemed strike helps Brighton edge Newcastle

16:01 | 24/9/17

Brighton edged out Newcastle United 1-0 to record their second successive home Premier League victory.


Conte defends caution over Hazard

23:22 | 24/9/17

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has defended his treatment of Eden Hazard on his return from injury, and says the Belgian playmaker is "in contention" to start ag...


De Bruyne willing to sign new deal at Man City

22:46 | 24/9/17

Kevin de Bruyne says he is open to signing a new contract at Manchester City, despite still having four years remaining on his current deal.


Wenger: Gibbs depature hurt more than Ox

13:50 | 24/9/17

Arsene Wenger says Kieran Gibbs' departure to West Brom hurt more than Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's Arsenal exit.


Conte hails Morata impact

09:44 | 24/9/17

Antonio Conte has praised Alvaro Morata after the Spaniard continued his impressive form with a hat-trick in Chelsea's 4-0 win over Stoke City on Saturday.

Top Stories


No other options but Williams, says Massa

12:45 | Today

Felipe Massa says Williams are the only F1 team likely to offer him a contract for the 2018 season.


Bonner expects Donegal to be competitive

10:00 | Today

New Donegal football manager Declan Bonner expects the Tir Chonaill to be "very, very competitive" in 2018.

What's On Now




What’s in the eir Sport Pack?

We’ve got heartstopping action across 7 great sports channels, with 42 Premier League games, every Champions League game and every Europa League game, as well as UFC, Allianz Leagues GAA, Golf, F1 and much more.