Christian Benteke left Liverpool to avoid becoming a ‘loser’

Benteke at Liverpool
Benteke at Liverpool

“It was frustrating”

Christian Benteke has revealed that he left Liverpool in order not “to stay in the situation of a loser.”

Benteke spent one season with the Reds after joining from Aston Villa for a fee of £32.5 million.

“I went to see him in my first season at Aston Villa in 2013 because he wanted me to sign for Dortmund … It’s the sort of thing you have to accept,” Benteke told L’Equipe.

“You have to face up to it. When Klopp came in, given the players available to him … I wasn’t among his first choices,” 

“Given the way he wanted to play, perhaps there were more interesting players than me. But I’m not a child: I didn’t cry, I didn’t moan, even if of course I wanted to play. It was frustrating.”

No Klopp fallout

The Crystal Palace striker insists he did not have a fallout with Klopp over his departure.

“You can’t allow yourself to give up, to stay in the situation of a loser, so you try to find a solution, to be happy. I found that by coming to Crystal Palace, and I’m happy today,” Benteke added.

The 26-year-old already has 8 goals in 15 matches for Palace, having scored 10 in 42 a Liverpool.