Martin Skrtel offers his thoughts on Christian Benteke's arrival at Liverpool

Martin Skrtel

Martin Skrtel seems pleased that he will no longer have to mark the man bought in from Aston Villa.

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has welcomed the signing of Christian Benteke for one particular reason - he won't have to mark him in a competitive game any time soon. 

Benteke secured a move from Aston Villa on Wednesday, in a deal that's reportedly worth £32.5 million, and the Slovakian has given his verdict to the official Liverpool website.

He said: "I've played against him a few times and it was always tough to mark him because he's big and strong.

"I think it's a great signing for us and he'll be more than welcome at the club. I can't wait to meet him at Melwood and work together with him."

Skrtel is one of many defenders to have struggled with the physical attributes possessed by Benteke, while his pace and power seem to have always got the better of Liverpool during past meetings.

Five goals in six games mean the likes of Skrtel and the rest of the Liverpool defence will be glad they don't have to come up against him, apart from in training. 

Liverpool have been lacking a cutting edge since the departure of Luis Suarez, and a lack of a Plan B overall - but some are now suggesting that the Belgian can solve both of those issues. 

Now he is no longer a problem for Liverpool, he is an asset. Liverpool's defenders will be breathing a sigh of relief on that front, but the Reds coaching staff now need to work out how they get the best out of him. 

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