Is parking his playing style Klopp's best short-term answer for Liverpool?

Tony Barrett of The Times speaks to Off The Ball about issues at Anfield and Benteke role

Christian Benteke, Liverpool,

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Perhaps one sign that all is far from well at Liverpool at present came from Mario Balotelli's agent.

Mino Raiola suggested that it was not impossible for the on loan Milan forward to return to an Anfield he graced with little distinction and that he would seek talks to establish where the Italian fits into Jurgen Klopp's long-term plan.

Klopp has pushed that onto the backburner, but judging from disappointing defeats at the hands of Watford and West Ham in recent weeks, they do need something new to help the club bounce back.

Assessing some of the structural problems at present like dealing with crosses and issues with intensity (or a lack of it to be precise) on Off The Ball, Tony Barrett, Merseyside correspondent for The Times also talked about an important January transfer window for a manager who rarely uses the month to make major overhauls based on his time at Borussia Dortmund.

But one area that needs improvement is getting the best out of Christian Benteke who finds himself in a squad not necessarily suited to his style.

"Liverpool in the short-term have got to maybe sacrifice their playing style," he said.

"They probably need to play in a way that suits him which probably means getting more wide players involved or players that they do have at the moment to get out to wide areas and get crosses in and maybe join up with him when Liverpool knock it a bit longer."