Belfast Telegraph

Benteke is calling on Liverpool to find higher gear

By Robert Jones

Liverpool striker Christian Benteke took a personal confidence boost from his wonder strike against Manchester United but has no doubt he and his team-mates must up their game.

Summer signing Benteke's second goal of the season came in spectacular fashion on Saturday as he sent a superb acrobatic shot past David de Gea at Old Trafford.

It was a disappointing afternoon overall for the Reds, though, with that 84th-minute effort - coming with them already two goals down - proving little more than a consolation in the 3-1 defeat.

It was Liverpool's second loss in a row and leaves them with seven points from their opening five Premier League games.

Benteke said: "It was just instinct. I saw the ball come into the box and I just thought I had to try it. I had some luck and I am happy with it, but we didn't get the three points.

"For my own confidence it was good, but I would have rather taken the three points and so I'm disappointed."

The 24-year-old Belgium international added: "It was a disappointment for us. In the first-half, we didn't play. The second-half was a bit better but we didn't deserve a victory.

"We have to show more. When you play for a club like Liverpool, you have to show more.

"That's what we're going to do now in training - work hard, work hard and try to play well."

Meanwhile, former Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli feels the club's shaky start should come as little surprise given the "massive gamble" they made in recruiting seven new players over the summer.

Comolli said: "It is a massive gamble to change as many players as they did in the summer, as they did last summer.

"If you look at Saturday, they looked like they'd never played together before, which makes sense. It's going to take time. It is going to be difficult.

"And by the time they do start to gel, if they do, other teams will have a lot of points.

"They've got seven points, but their performances have not been convincing."

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