Carragher credits ex-Spurs man for changing fortunes of Benteke

The former Tottenham coach has helped turned around the Aston Villa striker's season.

Speaking to Sky Sports earlier this week, former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher was open about his admiration for Christian Benteke's contributions at Aston Villa, even though the Belgian has suffered from a lean spell for much of this season.

But that lean spell has been replaced with a purple patch in just a few games since ex-Spurs manager Tim Sherwood took over at Villa Park, and the 24-year-old has eight goals in his last six matches.

“He’s been a brilliant player for Villa but they’ve always been fighting relegation when he’s been there and he’s always been the one who’s dragged them out," said Carragher.

“There’s no doubt Tim Sherwood deserves a lot of credit for what he’s done for Benteke.”

Particularly impressive moments for Benteke recently have been a superb hat-trick in Villa's 3-3 draw with QPR, and the winner away to Sherwood's old club Spurs last week, and next up for the target man is Carragher's old club.

Benteke has netted four times against the Reds in his time in the Premier League, with Liverpool surely particularly conscious of another performance like he put in 2012, when he netted a brace and an assist in a 3-1 win at Anfield.

With Liverpool set to come up against a resurgent Villa side in the FA Cup semi finals this weekend, it's clear that Brendan Rodgers and his side will have to be paying particular attention to the Belgium international if they want to reach the Wembley final.

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