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Liverpool 0-0 West Ham: 5 Talking Points

Benteke struggled yet again
Meghana Naidu
Modified 31 Jan 2016
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It was yet another frustrating fixture between Liverpool and West Ham in the fourth round of the FA Cup as it ended in a goalless draw. The teams now will have a replay of a match to determine who goes through to the next round of competition.Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp played a youthful side with the likes of Joao-Carlos Teixeira, Brad Smith, Kevin Stewart and Steven Caulker who had never started a Premier League match. The youngsters were very impressive and pressed hard, however failed to get a goal- thanks to West Ham goalkeeper Darren Randolph.Darren Randolph, who played instead of usual West Ham goalkeeper Adrain, was the man of the match while youngster Cameron Brannagan was Liverpool’s best player.Here are the five talking points from the match. 

#1 Benteke abysmal again

After last night’s performance, there’s no doubt that Christian Benteke is badly struggling. Always felt that Benteke was more of a substitute player than a player who starts, but with this injury-hit Liverpool squad and with the number of matches they’re playing, Benteke was the only attack option to start.

However, he had a horribly poor game and frustrated Liverpool fans all around. He didn’t step up as a senior player is supposed to and wasn’t even close to getting the much-needed goal the team required. He certainly has his moments once in a while but looked completely abysmal.

He could’ve easily looked at the younger lot to follow performance wise. In all honesty, right now he is offering no more than Mario Balotelli did. 

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Published 31 Jan 2016, 12:11 IST
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