Robbie Fowler says Christian Benteke will help Liverpool colleagues to thrive

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The former forward believes the Belgian striker will help the Reds midfield to have more time in which to be decisive.

Robbie Fowler has highlighted how Christian Benteke will help Liverpool duo Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho to thrive, reports Sky Sports

The forward was secured in a big-money move from Aston Villa this week - in a deal announced on the club's official website - and is the latest addition on a lengthy list of signings made by manager Brendan Rodgers this summer.

The Belgian has unquestionably been brought in to the squad to score goals, with that being an area that the Reds were noticeably lacking in last season after selling Luis Suarez to Barcelona and losing Daniel Sturridge through injury.

But Fowler says Benteke will also help to bring the best out of those around him.

“I am excited about him,” Sky Sports report him as saying. 

"With the players that we have signed like Roberto Firmino, Daniel Sturridge still to come back and Philippe Coutinho, they will thrive because we have got a centre forward now who is probably not going to drop into the spaces that these players thrive on.”

Benteke physicality key for the midfielders

The former forward expanded further on his explanation, saying that the striker’s sheer physicality will allow the Liverpool midfield more time on the ball in which to be decisive.

Benteke was well known for his physical prowess during his spell at Aston Villa, with them having used his strength and ability in the air to their advantage on numerous occasions.

Some have suggested that his move to Anfield could be doomed to failure, with the team’s style not fitting his, but Fowler is not among those buying into that way of thinking.

"He’s a big, strong lad so he’s not going to get knocked off the ball too easily,” he added to Sky Sports. 

“When you’ve got a player like that I think he can buy time for the midfield players and even the defenders to get up there and support him so it’s a really good time to be a Liverpool fan."

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