John Hartson reacts on Twitter to Benteke-Liverpool reports, makes Andy Carroll comparison

Andy Carroll

The BBC pundit has responded to reports that the Aston Villa forward could be headed to Anfield.

John Hartson couldn't help but compare Christian Benteke to Andy Carroll after reports surfaced of Liverpool meeting the Aston Villa striker's release clause.

Indeed, news emerged on Thursday afternoon that Liverpool are ready to pay £32.5 million to secure the striker's services, according to the BBC among others.

And former striker Hartson immediately thought of Brendan Rodgers' decision to sell Carroll all those years ago because he didn't fit in with the Liverpool boss's 'philosophy.'

Hartson did, however, identify a key difference between the Villa man and Carroll, something he feels could be on the forefront of the Reds manager's mind.

The BBC pundit concluded by suggesting the 24-year-old would be a 'great signing' for the Reds and that Liverpool will be much stronger with the Belgian in their ranks.

Hartson's overall view is a divisive one, as opinions differ to great extents on whether the Aston Villa striker will succeed at Liverpool.

Some see him as a square peg in a round hole, while others - like Hartson - feel there is a distinct difference between Benteke and Carroll, among other traditional target men.

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