Paul Lambert: Christian Benteke will score lots of goals at Liverpool

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The former Aston Villa manager has stated that he has spoken to the Belgian forward to congratulate him on a switch to Anfield.

Former Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has revealed that he has spoken to Christian Benteke to congratulate him on his impending move to Liverpool and backed the Belgian to be a success at Anfield, as per Sky Sports.

The Reds have matched the former Genk forward’s £32.5 million release clause, as per the BBC, with it seemingly only a matter of time before the powerhouse attacker is unveiled by the Merseyside club.

Lambert, who signed Benteke for Villa from his homeland, has confirmed that Benteke is set for a move to the Reds and stated that the centre forward will be a success at Anfield.

"I think he is going to do great,” the Scot told Sky Sports.

"Christian phoned me yesterday and I had a good chat with him. I am delighted for him, he has got a move to a really big, big club.

"I hear reports that he can only score from cross balls. Well, Christian Benteke will score for Liverpool.

"The chances they create, he will score and, as Christian said yesterday, he is very good with his feet. I knew that anyway from signing him and I think he will be a terrific signing.”

Lambert stated that the Reds would not have to change their style of play for the Belgian to be a success, as Benteke can score from contrasting scenarios.

"He will score all types of goals," Lambert continued.

“If you look at the way he plays, especially his first year at Aston Villa, where he was a phenomenon.

"He was third behind (Cristiano) Ronaldo and (Lionel) Messi in goalscoring ratio. I think he is one of the best No 9s I have seen in a long time.

"I just said to go and enjoy it. That he will love the club and the supporters and I think he will get loads of chances."

Benteke's impending move to Liverpool is in a bid to nullify the departure of Raheem Sterling, who has left to join Manchester City.

With the arrivals of Roberto Firmino and Danny Ings also this summer, Brendan Rodgers’ attack is set to look considerably different next term.

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