Liverpool's Christian Benteke to 'run more' after Klopp talk

Christian Benteke
Christian Benteke had not scored in his previous six appearances before Saturday's win

Liverpool striker Christian Benteke is ready to "run more" after having a "man conversation" with boss Jurgen Klopp.

The Belgium international, 25, came off the bench to score the winner on Saturday and end Premier League leaders Leicester's three-month unbeaten run.

"We had a 'man conversation' and I think it is going to help me and help the team," said Benteke, whose side visit Sunderland on Wednesday.

"I have to run more and I have to be there for my team-mates."

Benteke, a £32.5m signing from Aston Villa in July, started the first six matches of the season under Brendan Rodgers. But injury sidelined him for a month and by the time he returned Rodgers had been sacked and replaced by Klopp.

He has yet to start back-to-back league matches under the German, with compatriot Divock Origi preferred up front in the starting line-up on Saturday.

"I spoke with the manager a few days ago about where I can improve and what he is expecting from me," said Benteke, who has six goals in 18 appearances for the Reds.

"Sometimes when you are a little bit on the side you try to understand what the manager needs and what he wants, and we had a very good chat.

"You could see that I showed I understand his message and now I have to keep going like that."

Team-mate Danny Ings has been ruled out for the season after a knee ligament operation and Daniel Sturridge has still not recovered from a hamstring problem.

Now, with Origi struggling with a hamstring problem, Benteke is left as Liverpool's only fit frontline striker.

"Of course I am still a young player and I want to learn," he said. "He is the right manager for me to help me in my development.

"I am not saying every player can play like Barcelona but I have been in England a long time so I can adapt."

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