Photo: Benteke poses in Liverpool shirt for first time after completing transfer

Liverpool have signed striker Christian Benteke from Aston Villa.

Liverpool have confirmed on their official website that Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke has joined the club on a 'long-term contract'.

The Belgian international, 24, hit 49 goals in 100 games for Villa, flourishing since his surirpse move from Genk back in 2012.

Now though, Liverpool have matched Benteke's £32.5m release clause, triggering a deal to take the giant striker to Anfield following Raheem Sterling's exit to Manchester City.

After days of discussing terms and completing his medical, Benteke's move to Merseyside has now been confirmed by Liverpool on their official website.

The club have released pictures of Benteke in the Liverpool shirt for the very first time, as seen above, having sealed his move this evening, in a deal which should excite Liverpool fans.

Can Rodgers get the best out of Benteke?

Not long after Rodgers' appointment in 2012, the Liverpool boss allowed Andy Carroll to leave for West Ham, with Rodgers seemingly reluctant to build his team around a target man.

Three years on, some supporters are concerned that Benteke will struggle in a team that doesn't play to his strengths, but Rodgers has shown during his time at Liverpool that he is willign to adapt his formation and tactics.

It's clear that he will have to do the same again with Benteke, who thrives on crosses into the box, but he also has more about him than Carroll - both athletically and technically - meaning that predicting a similar fate may be premature.

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