Pat Heard has a warning for Liverpool over Christian Benteke

Former Aston Villa player Pat Heard suggested Christian Benteke has a tendency to withdraw into himself during difficult periods.

Former Aston Villa player Pat Heard had a warning for Liverpool over striker Christian Benteke when he recently spoke to talkSPORT.

Heard was quizzed on the Belgian’s imminent move to Liverpool, suggesting that he’s got a tendency to withdraw into himself if things aren’t going his way.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has worked hard throughout the summer to improve his team’s attacking options with Benteke offering the Reds something different to what they already have available.

“Big players talk and if it’s time to move on then they move on – He’s put in some decent performances and he’s held Villa together but I think this move was always going to happen – If people get into him or he’s having a bad time, he does tend to go into his shell a little bit,” he told talkSPORT.

Credit to Sherwood

The comments suggest credit must go to Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood for the way he picked up the player and revitalised him last season.

Sherwood arrived at Villa Park at a time when the club were on the ropes but he realised the potential that Benteke represents, getting the most out of the big striker.

He gave him responsibility and reminded him of his responsibilities to the football club at a time when things were extremely tense.

How will he fit in at Liverpool?

Benteke won’t play anywhere other than as a central striker at Liverpool.

Rodgers will need to find a way of getting service into him because it’s debatable whether he can play a more sophisticated style, with his back to goal.

Liverpool can play with width delivering balls into the box for him to attack or they can play directly, relying on him to hold the play up and make chances for himself.

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