Klopp also tried to sign Benteke when he was in charge of Borussia Dortmund.

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Brendan Rodgers has defended his record as manager of Liverpool and in particular his decision to sign Christian Benteke, whom he claims his successor at Liverpool, Jürgen Klopp, tried to buy when he was in charge of Borussia Dortmund.

The Belgian striker cost Liverpool £32.5m from Aston Villa in July, but has largely been kept on the bench since Klopp took over from Rodgers in October.

Rodgers brought Benteke to the club before being sacked last year and he believes the fact that Klopp also tried to sign him, will ensure the striker has time to justify his fee.

“I took him to Liverpool in the summer because we were really short on goals and the one thing he does give you is goals, but obviously it’s going to take him time to get up to the way the team wants to play and Jürgen wants to press,” Rodgers told Talksport.

“I think Jürgen will take his time with him,” he added. “In this country, now, everything is very ‘short-termism’, isn’t it? People look at it like, you’ve got to come in, get 20 goals in your first season or you might be deemed a failure.

“I don’t think Jürgen’s looking at it as that. He tried to sign him for Dortmund. He knows he’s a good player. He met the boy, he met the agent, he met them in Germany, so he knows he’s a good player.”