Liverpool signed Christian Benteke for £32.5 million from Aston Villa in 2015, when Brendan Rodgers was in charge of the club. Months later, the Northern Irishman was sacked by the Reds who replaced him with Jurgen Klopp.
The Belgium international struggled to fit into Klopp’s system and was sold to Crystal Palace in 2016. A disappointing season with the Merseyside club saw him score 11 goals in all competitions.
In his debut season with the Eagles, Benteke scored 15 goals in the Premier League. However, the ex-Aston Villa striker has struggled in the 2017/18 campaign, scoring only three goals in the Premier League.
Benteke admitted he has accepted the fact that “big clubs” will not coming calling, but stressed that he is ‘always going to listen’, if he receives a proposal from a “great club”
“I realise that the big clubs now are not going to call. But I can only do my best. Basically, I’d rather play all competitions at the club where I am now (Crystal Palace), than sitting on the bench throughout the season (previously at Liverpool),” Benteke told Het Belang van Limburg.
“But it’s very human that you as a footballer is always going to listen when a great club come calling for you. You then need to consider.”
Meanwhile, Benteke explains he’s at his best when he is aware that he has the backing of his manager.
“The hardest thing for a footballer is consistency. I work very hard to achieve that, because I know that I can. I’ve already done it at Aston Villa and Genk for example. The key is the confidence of the coach,” the striker explained.