Jamie Carragher explains how Liverpool's Christian Benteke signing is different to Andy Carroll

Jamie Carragher

Carragher has had his say on summer recruit Roberto Firmino, as well as the comparisons between Benteke and Carroll.

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has been analysing in the Daily Mail Liverpool's signing of Christian Benteke from Aston Villa, after his £32.5 million move was announced last night on the club's official website

A lot has been said about Benteke being a signing that doesn't really fit into the style of player favoured by Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool side, with some saying he is a target man in the same mould as Andy Carroll, who was swiftly sold by Rodgers in the early stages of his reign at the club. 

But in an article for the Daily Mail, Carragher has highlighted the differences, saying: "Parallels have already been drawn with Andy Carroll and people have pointed out that Rodgers wasted no time in getting rid of him but that decision had nothing to do with the fact that Carroll was a big man. It was purely down to him lacking pace and movement.

"Those are qualities Benteke does not lack but his biggest problem at the moment, where a lot of Liverpool fans are concerned, is that they know him. He would have liked the welcome that Firmino has received, but in a few months a warm reception will count for nothing.

"All that will matter is how many goals they have managed to score. That alone will determine how popular they become."

Carroll still remains the most expensive transfer in Liverpool's history but proved to be very disappointing, not just for his performances when he did play for the side, but the fact that he was sidelined at various stages during his brief Liverpool career through injury. 

There is also the fact that Liverpool signed Carroll on the back of a good half-season with Newcastle United and he never really threatened to find that kind of form after he made the switch to Anfield, with Kenny Dalglish struggling to get the best out of him.

Benteke seems to bring a lot of power and presence, and does seem a far more mobile option.

Carragher also ran the rule over Roberto Firmino, and suggested that the Brazilian has excited the Liverpool fan base because he is an unknown quantity - having signed for £29 million from Hoffenheim, as reported by the BBC.

He added: "Can you imagine what Liverpool fans would be saying about Firmino if the 32 goals he has scored in all competitions over the past two years for Hoffenheim — whose finishing positions were ninth and eighth — had come during a fight against the drop?

"You can see what I am getting at. It has always fascinated me to see the reaction to those who are brought in from foreign leagues compared to when there is a transfer between Premier League clubs. There are no secrets about players in England. We know all there is to know."

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