Exclusive, Christian Benteke: "I wasn't part of Klopp's plans – but my best years are still ahead of me"

Christian Benteke

What were the last words Jurgen Klopp told him? For the briefest of moments, Christian Benteke winces. Then he contemplates the question. His sojourn in Liverpool yielded neither the sporting results nor the existential joy that he'd envisaged. Benteke was a peripheral player in the Klopp-instigated revolution.

“Klopp said that I was a good player but that I wasn’t a part of his plans,” the Belgian reflects with FourFourTwo.com. “When Klopp arrived at the club, he had his visions and ideas about football, but that didn’t include me. It’s hard to be part of something when you're sidelined.”

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Samindra Kunti

A journalist from Leuven, Belgium, Sam Kunti writes for Josimar, The Blizzard, Ekstra Bladet and Forbes, and contributes to BBC Persian. He has reported extensively on labour abuses in Qatar. Sam is the author of ‘Brazil 1970: How the Greatest Team of All Time Won the World Cup’, a book that explores the sporting merits and historical backdrop of that victory. It was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Sports Book Awards 2023.