Robbie Fowler states what he likes about Liverpool’s Christian Benteke

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The former Reds forward has stated that the giant Belgian has hit the ground running at Anfield.

Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler has stated that summer signing Christian Benteke has hit the ground running on BBC Sport’s Five Live.

The powerful Belgian forward moved to the Merseyside club for a fee of £32.5 million over the off-season, as reported by the BBC, making him Liverpool’s second most expensive player of all time.

The ex-Aston Villa man has been thrown directly into the mix by Brendan Rodgers, with Benteke grabbing the only goal of the game last time out in a 1-0 win over Bournemouth at home.

Fowler has admitted that Benteke’s goal should not have stood due to Philippe Coutinho being offside but has lauded the new man’s start at Anfield.

“I thought he played very well at Stoke,” Fowler told BBC Sport’s Five Live.

“When you go to a new club it is important that you start off brightly - it gets the fans on your side. If you go five, six games without scoring then there is a little bit of doom and gloom.

“He’s hit the ground ground at Liverpool - he’s holding the ball up, he’s bringing other players into the game.

“Everyone thinks he is just a big bustling centre forward but his anticipation and reading of the game to score the goal (against Bournemouth) was superb - I think people don’t really see that in his game.”

Benteke’s arrival has given Rodgers real options in the final third and offsets the loss of Raheem Sterling to some degree, who moved to Manchester City for £49 million – as reported by the Telegraph.

The Belgian will surely lead the line against Arsenal on Monday night, as Liverpool look to continue their perfect 2015-16 record with a win at the Emirates Stadium.

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