More time needed for Monk and Benteke

LONDON • Swansea City manager Garry Monk has dismissed reports he has three games to save his job, saying he has the trust and support of chairman Huw Jenkins.

The Swans have won just one of their last nine English Premier League games and are in danger of joining the relegation battle.

They travel to take on Liverpool today and Monk said the Welsh club believe he is the right man for the job.

"I speak to the chairman and he is extraordinarily supportive," said Monk. "He trusts how I work, he has seen the success, what I bring to the club and he knows we can get through this period, and make sure we come back to our best."

Time is something new Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp is willing to give Christian Benteke.

Klopp doubts Benteke can start a second game in four days against Swansea as he regains fitness following a hamstring problem. But he has no reservations over the Belgium international's worth.

Benteke sealed Liverpool's victory over Bordeaux and a place in the last 32 of the Europa League with his fifth goal of the season.

Klopp said: "It was a very important goal for him. A brilliant player but if you are injured and come back everyone thinks you now have to be the Benteke that he has shown before right away.

"Each person needs time so he can get better, better, better."

He drew parallels to the careers of Robert Lewandowski and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The German believes there is a contrast between the development time afforded in the Bundesliga and Premier League.

"I am not sure that Robert Lewandowski could have developed into the Robert Lewandowski of today in England because no one is patient enough to wait for this," he said. "He made only seven goals in his first year and I don't know what you would say. 'Not good enough, come on, sell him!'

"Aubameyang needed three years, so sometimes you have to work together. It is very important in football."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on November 29, 2015, with the headline 'More time needed for Monk and Benteke'. Print Edition | Subscribe