Why Liverpool signing Christian Benteke is good for Daniel Sturridge

Daniel Sturridge

The England international has not been in a position where he has to fight for a starting berth, which could get the best out of him.

Liverpool have met the release clause of Aston Villa forward Christian Benteke, as per the BBC, with it believed to be a matter of when, not if, the burly Belgian moves to Anfield this summer.

The powerhouse attacker’s potential addition will go some way to softening the blow of Raheem Sterling’s departure to Manchester City and also bolster Brendan Rodgers’ options in attack.

Benteke’s expected arrival will give Liverpool another player that has proven himself as capable of consistently scoring in the Premier League, with the former Genk man competing for a starting place with Daniel Sturridge to be the side’s main man in attack.

The England international has suffered a poor injury record since moving to Merseyside and Benteke’s arrival would threaten the former Chelsea man’s automatic place in the team when he is fit and available again.

Although Sturridge may well see this as a threat to his opportunity to play consistently, the Belgian’s arrival, along with Divock Origi and Danny Ings, could well be the making of Sturridge.

Ever since he moved to Liverpool in January 2013, the confident forward has been assured of a place in Rodgers’ team if he has been fit enough to play.

Even when Luis Suarez was still at the club, the pair were partnered together rather than one or the other playing.

Now, with the Northern Irishman seemingly preferring to play with only one central striker and two attacking midfielders as support, for the first time in his Liverpool career Sturridge has a real challenge to be selected.

Complacency can certainly set in and as such Sturridge will be challenged to prove that he can not only remain fit enough for long enough to be the Reds’ main man, but also that he is good enough and better than comprehensive other options.

Sturridge’s first job ahead of the forthcoming season is to get back to fitness and health, where a considerable challenge to prove himself to the Kop awaits.

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