Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers explains the benefits of Christian Benteke

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Benteke was Liverpool's most expensive signing of the summer.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has been explaining the benefits of his new £32.5 million striker Christian Benteke to the Liverpool Echo.

Benteke managed to open his account with the Reds last Monday with a controversial goal against Bournemouth. The signing from Aston Villa was billed as something as a target man, but as has been on display so far during his Liverpool career there is more to his game than just being a man to play a long ball to.

Rodgers is quoted in the Liverpool Echo, explaining: “It’s not like we’re smashing it into the box and playing off the second ball. But we’re not against that. Look at (Robert) Lewandowski – he’s a targetman but he moves and can deal with crosses coming into the box. There’s not a compromise.

“We want the unpredictability in our game. Our notion in the game is always to dominate the ball. But I’ve been in football a long time and my emphasis has always been possession of course, but dangerous possession.

“Our conditions of a game won’t change but hopefully because of the different types of players, and different strikers in particular, it gives us that unpredictability which is important.”

Benteke has shown he is a very quick player, and with the ball at his feet looking goalwards it can be a very difficult prospect for any defender to come up against.

But one thing that Liverpool have been guilty of in recent years is lacking variety, and with the height and strength that Benteke possesses, he provides Rodgers with a different option and can give the Reds the option to bully defenders should they see fit.

There will be a lot of responsibility on the players supporting the attack to try and get in among the goals as well given that there should be a few scraps for them to feed off with any knock-downs that Benteke would provide them with, as well as trying to relieve the Belgian a little of any of the burden of having to find the net all the time. 

It will be interesting to see how Benteke is used as the season goes on when Liverpool face very different sides. 

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