Slaven Bilic suggests why Liverpool have improved since the signing of Christian Benteke

The West Ham boss believes former Aston Villa striker Benteke helps Liverpool.

Speaking to the Standard, Slaven Bilic has suggested why Liverpool have improved with the signing of Christian Benteke this summer.

He said: “Against Arsenal on Monday night, they looked more organised and up front they have class, with Christian Benteke and Philippe Coutinho, which means you don’t need the support of more players, full-backs for example, to overlap. That is the difference. They don’t have to open too much, they don’t have to attack with numbers to score a goal any more. Now, it seems, they can keep numbers behind the ball, stay solid and that allows them either to defend or win the ball back and start again.”

Bilic takes his West Ham side to Anfield this weekend hoping to rediscover the form that saw them defeat Arsenal on the opening day of the season.

Liverpool themselves have been impressive this campaign, having yet to concede a goal, winning two games and drawing one.

Whilst Bilic highlights their defensive stability, due to the increased number of players in the defensive zone, they have looked fairy stifled in attack, only really showing fluidity against Arsenal.

The Reds were lucky to clinch a victory over Stoke on the opening weekend, whilst it was an offside goal that gave them the three points over Bournemouth the following game.

The Merseyside outfit are starting to look more like a well-rounded team than they ever have under Rodgers, and Bilic believes it was Benteke’s signing which has caused this improvement.

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