RODGERS BELIEVES BENTEKE COULD BE ‘HUGE’ AT LIVERPOOL
Reds manager Brendan Rodgers has stood up in defense of the latest signing by the club, Christian Benteke, amidst critical response towards the Belgian striker by fans and pundits. Critics, including the likes of former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher, have expressed their doubts about Benteke being able to fit into the ‘Liverpool style’.
Speaking to reporters in Malaysia, Rodgers praised Benteke and even predicted him to be a success at the club. “I think first and foremost his goals, if you look at his goals record since the time that he’s been in the Premier League he’s up there with the best in terms of numbers; so that was very important for us,” said Rodgers.
“Obviously I’ve heard and I’ve seen stuff about the style, ‘he won’t fit the style of how we play’ – I think he’ll only complement it and help us,” he added.
Rodgers’ further suggested that Benteke’s build and skills would fit in the club’s system. “He’s a big guy, but he’s got the attributes that I like in terms of pace and movement and he gets goals, he gets all types of goals,” he added.
“He’s great in the air, strong, he can hold the game up, he can play on the counter-attack, he can play whenever the team is deep because he can hold the ball up with his physical strength.”
“As I said, he’s a boy that still is improving in his game so I don’t think there’s any doubt he’ll fit our tactical idea of the game and he can be a huge player for us.”
Benteke, who became the second most expensive acquisition by the Reds at £31.5 million, is expected to make his club debut in the friendly against HJK Helsinki on August 1.