Aldridge: Liverpool should sign Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke

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John Aldridge is keen to see Liverpool sign Christian Benteke.

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Aldridge admitted that he wants to see the Reds sign Belgian international Benteke, as he is a ‘tremendous forward’.

“Benteke is the danger,” the former striker said ahead of Liverpool’s FA Cup tie with Aston Villa. “On his day, he's a tremendous forward, a 20-goal a season man. I'd be happy if Liverpool got him in the summer, and they'll need to be at their best to keep him quiet at Wembley.”

Benteke, 24, has truly come to life in the last few weeks, and is really showing the form that he produced during his first season in England, when he netted 19 goals in 34 Premier League appearances.

Last season he did not produce quite the same goal return in a faltering Villa side, although he still got 10 in 26 games, and an injury at the end of that campaign really stalled his progress.

That tendon injury ruled him out of the 2014 World Cup, and the start of this season, and following his return to match action this term it never truly appeared as if Benteke was fully fit.

Yet he has rediscovered his best form since the appointment of Tim Sherwood at Villa Park, with his attacking philosophy playing much more into Benteke’s hands than the turgid possession style of Paul Lambert.

He has eight goals in his last six games - including a hat-trick against QPR - and he heads into the Liverpool tie in fine form.

Aldridge is right to name him as the danger man, and as the kind of player that Liverpool should be targeting, with no real consistent goalscoring striker on their books.

Daniel Sturridge is too frequently injured to be relied upon, whilst Rickie Lambert and Mario Balotelli have hardly excelled.

Benteke could be the man to fill that void, and Villa face a really tough challenge to keep hold of their prolific striker this summer.

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