Brendan Rodgers: I’m impressed with new signing Christian Benteke

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The Liverpool boss has stated that he is not concerned with the £32.5 million transfer fee outlaid on the Belgian.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has stated that he has been impressed with new signing Christian Benteke and that he is not concerned about the striker’s £32.5 million transfer fee, as per The Daily Mail.

The Belgium international became the Anfield outfit’s second pst expensive acquisition in history when the Reds met his Aston Villa release clause earlier this summer, with some baulking at the price that the Merseysiders have paid for him.

Benteke’s direct style of play a has also led to accusations that the Reds will have to adjust their tactics to house the powerhouse as their number nine.

Rodgers has hit back at the critics and stated that Benteke is the perfect acquisition for Liverpool and that his price tag will prove to be a bargain in the long run.

“I think he'll prove to be a bargain for the club, I really do,” The Daily Mail quote Rodgers as saying.

“I've read things about his game, but in the short period of time he's been in, I've been even more impressed. I've seen him up close hand now for three years and watched this guy, with his power, strength and ability.

“One of the goals I remember he scored against us at Anfield, he ran half way through the field. This isn't someone who lacks pace, movement and intelligence. He's not just a guy who you chuck the ball up to. His strength allows you to keep the ball, but he'll help the unpredictability of our game.

“We know he can play football, we know he can play counter-attack, but we also know when we cross the ball we have got a real presence that is going to allow us to keep the ball in the box for periods of time and for others to get goals from.

“He doesn't set the price and I'm thankful the club have brought him in because I really think he's going to be a huge asset. He's surprised people in the early stages of life at Liverpool with that mobility and the quickness of his feet – and his natural power and strength is there to see.”

With Raheem Sterling leaving Liverpool this summer and a host of new faces arriving, the Reds’ attack is set to be significantly different in the forthcoming campaign.

Benteke will contest a starting berth in the Reds team with Daniel Sturridge, Danny Ings, Divock Origi and Roberto Firmino.

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