Former Liverpool goalkeeper David James told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show for talkSPORT that he’s surprised by the club’s imminent move for Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke.
The BBC is among the sources to report that the Belgian forward is about to have a medical with the Anfield club, ahead of a £32.5 million transfer.
However, James has suggested that there is a natural problem created between Liverpool and the player in terms of the way Benteke will fit into the club’s style.
“I’m surprised – I know he ended the season well and scored a few goals but I just don’t see how he fits into Brendan’s style,” James told talkSPORT.
How should Rodgers use Benteke?
Providing the deal goes through without any complications, it’s important that Rodgers uses Benteke right at the very top of his attack and bases the rest of the side around the idea of getting service into him as quickly as possible.
Benteke is not a lump and a target man, but he does rely on more creative players around him to make things happen.
Rodgers could use wingers, getting the ball wide to try and get in behind the opposition and to get the ball into the Belgian’s feet.
Alternatively, he could look for the side to get the ball into Benteke’s feet centrally, trusting him to do the business with his back to goal and being intelligent enough to create opportunities for himself through that style of play.
The main problem for Rodgers
The main problem for the boss is how he accommodates Benteke into the team in a situation where Daniel Sturridge is fully fit.
Sturridge is the number one striker at Liverpool at the moment and it would be surprising if he’s forced into a wider attacking role, which would allow Benteke to carry on through the middle of the attack.