Liverpool’s Nathaniel Clyne on how Benteke’s style is good for him

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The defender has also reiterated the squad's desire to qualify for the Champions League this season.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Liverpool’s Nathaniel Clyne has explained how the way Christian Benteke plays the game is good for him despite him being a defender.

The Belgian was secured in a big money move from Aston Villa this summer, with him being tasked with scoring the goals that Brendan Rodgers’ side were sorely missing last season.

Opinions are so far split on how he will turn out, with some suggesting he will be a flop as he doesn’t fit into Liverpool’s style of football while others believe he will prove a good signing as he gives them an extra dimension to their play.

Clyne is firmly in the latter camp, explaining how the striker’s game is even good for him despite them operating at opposite ends of the pitch.

"He dominates in the air and you can see in training how powerful and strong he is. He's a real target for us physically,” he told Sky Sports.

"He's a good finisher as well and his qualities are holding the ball up and bringing other players into play. That's lovely for myself as well because I like to join in with the attacks and put crosses into the box for him to score with his head."

Champions League the main aim

The defender has also reiterated the side’s goals for the season, insisting they are determined to make it back into the Champions League this season.

Manager Brendan Rodgers has been backed this summer by the board, with a number of signings, Clyne and Benteke among them, having arrived at Anfield to bolster and reshape the squad.

With so much money having been invested in new faces, it is widely felt that Champions League qualification should be the minimum expectation and Clyne says the squad has done just that.

"We're involved in a lot of competitions. We've got Europe, the FA Cup and the Premier League,” he added.

“We are going to try to go into those games looking to win every single one of them. The aim is top four or anything higher. Everyone knows their roles and their jobs. We've also the hunger to defend and try to keep the ball out the net.”

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