Liverpool media round-up: Benteke hits back at Sherwood, Ibe and Gomez may start at Stoke

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A selection of the latest stories in the media involving Liverpool Football Club this Friday morning.

Liverpool's new striker Christian Benteke has vowed to prove his doubters wrong after his £32.5 million move from Aston Villa.

The Belgian has been characterised as a target man renowned for his aerial threat by former manager Tim Sherwood, and judging by quotes in the Liverpool Echo, and elsewhere, the 24-year-old is not too happy about it.

He claims there is much more to his game, saying: “I spoke with him and I explained the situation. I said football has changed and the football now is modern and I can adapt.

“It is not just about crossing, I can score normal goals too. I told him I am not afraid about it. If Liverpool bought me then they know how to use me.

“That’s why I came here - I’ll show I can play with my feet too.”

Benteke has suggested that he knows all about the demands of playing for a club like Liverpool and will look to hit the ground running, and help the side get into the Champions League, and was first aware of Liverpool's interest after Aston Villa suffered a 4-0 FA Cup final defeat at the hands of Arsenal.

Former Arsenal star Thierry Henry has backed Benteke to be a success with Liverpool, according to Sky Sports, saying he expects him to kick on with a better squad around him.

He has made one appearance for the Reds in pre-season, marking it with a stunning volley against Swindon Town and could make his first competitive appearance this weekend against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium.

The Liverpool Echo also reports that there could be a youthful look to Liverpool's starting line-up on Sunday.

It has already been reported that Joe Gomez could be trusted with a role at left-back ahead of Alberto Moreno, while Jordon Ibe could be set to start on the right wing.

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