Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy suggested on talkSPORT that he’s finding it difficult to see a downside in Christian Benteke’s move to Liverpool.
The striker scored a superb first goal for the club last weekend in a friendly game and Murphy has explained that he feels the big Belgian is just what the Reds need and is a much better player than many will give him credit for.
“For me, irrelevant of his goal, I’ve been applauding that signing because even though he might be a tad expensive, he is exactly what Liverpool need,” he told talkSPORT.
“He’s very reliable in terms of hold up and he’s brilliant in the air, so you’ve always got that as a get out but he can play for a big man and he’s very young – He’ll get chances and he will score goals.”
“I think it gives him (Brendan Rodgers) a good variation for when Sturridge is fit because he’ll be able to play two up there.”
Benteke’s main job for Liverpool
As Murphy suggests, Benteke will get chances because there are some very creative players in terms of possession.
Benteke doesn’t have to drop deep in Liverpool’s attack, his job is to bully the opposition’s defence and looking to create space where he can receive the ball under less pressure or get onto the end of a good delivery.
He’s a very imposing centre forward who can really back into a defence, which will in turn create space at the top of midfield for those more creative players to run into.
It’s likely he will look to bully a defence whether he’s playing on his own next season or next to someone like Daniel Sturridge or Danny Ings, but either way he’s going to be a handful.