JURGEN KLOPP insists selling Christian Benteke was the right thing to do.
Benteke cost Liverpool £32.5m when former Reds’ boss Brendan Rodgers signed the striker from Aston Villa in July 2015.
But he didn’t fit into Klopp’s playing style once the German replaced Rodgers last October and after just one season – and 10 goals – on Merseyside, he was sold to Palace for £27m in August.
The Liverpool boss said: “It was not an easy decision, but in the end, I think it was right for both sides and it’s all good.
“You have to make decisions in a specific moment.
“It’s never really nice because of the expectations from both sides when you make a transfer like this. But in my job, I can’t be always nice.
“I have to make a decision for the club, for the team. Christian is a great player, a wonderful person. I have nothing bad to say about him.
“Unfortunately, he now plays for Crystal Palace, so we have to face him on Saturday. That will be really difficult and it gives Crystal Palace a real boost in quality.”
Klopp used the money that was on its way for Benteke to help pay for the signing of Southampton forward Sadio Mane.
And with Mane already on four goals for the season it’s hard to argue with Klopp’s logic, particularly as he also has Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi and Danny Ings as attacking options.
Origi – Benteke’s international team-mate – is yet to start a league game this season but Klopp has urged him to be patient.
He added: “For a striker, if you are at a smaller club, you play all the time. If you play at a bigger club and you have to use your game time. That’s his situation, but we’re really happy that he’s here.”