Liverpool’s summer spending spree reached its climax last week as the Reds splashed the cash to bring in Belgian international striker Christian Benteke from Aston Villa.
With the likes of Danny Ings, Roberto Firmino and Nathaniel Clyne also moving to Merseyside, the Reds’ summer spending has been quite a lot - a clear statement of intent.
The most recent addition Benteke, however, has caused plenty of debate as to whether the player fits in with Brendan Rodgers’ philosophy, with club hero Jamie Carragher among those casting their doubts.
Moreover, how does Rodgers go about fitting his new striker in his best XI alongside fellow striker Daniel Sturridge? After all, the former Genk man is a true centre-forward, a focal point of any team.
Well, Rodgers was also posed a similar problem when Uruguayan goal scorer Luis Suarez was showcasing his talents in-front of the Kop, and on that occasion everything worked out perfectly.
As per the graphic above, Benteke has to play as a centre-forward where his strength, pace and surprisingly good movement can be utilised best. Sturridge, therefore, pushes wide right.
However, in Firmino and Philippe Coutinho, the Reds boast two wonderfully creative players, and getting them involved as much as possible will allow Sturridge on the other side to move more centrally.
Furthermore, with the England international forming a front two in certain attacking situations, the entire right flank will be vacated – ideal for right-back Clyne to roam forward and join the attack.
Adopting a high-pressure style out of possession won’t stop, but beyond the initial pressing phase, James Milner can cover the space out wide, Firmino can drop in on the left and a compact 4-4-2 will develop.
Rodgers has plenty more to ponder with the likes of Adam Lallana, Jordon Ibe, Danny Ings, Emre Can and Mario Balotelli in reserve, yet his biggest challenge will be getting the best out of his key strikers.