Ex-Liverpool star credits Sherwood for giving Benteke 'an arrogance'

The Aston Villa forward now has 14 goals in 30 games for the season, with the Belgian attracting admiring glances from Premier League rivals.

Former Liverpool and Tottenham midfielder Danny Murphy has been praising the devastating goalscoring form of Aston Villa's Christian Benteke on Match of the Day recently, after the Belgian's latest exploits secured a vital 3-2 win over Everton on Saturday.

The striker, who has been linked with Liverpool in recent weeks in publications such as the Mirror, scored a brace in the first half to put the Villans 2-0 up, but Murphy stressed the role Villa boss Tim Sherwood has played in turning around the fortunes of both the club and the striker.

"Tim Sherwood has brought out the best in a lot of players," he said on BBC Sport. "But especially Christian Benteke, who has scored 10 goals in eight games. With Benteke, Villa played to his strengths, but they weren't one-dimensional.

"He was a threat straight away, he is so strong and is playing with an arrogance at the moment. Villa were always looking for him and you can see why when he is playing like this. When he is in this type of form he is very difficult to defend against."

Benteke is on his richest goalscoring run since arriving in the Premier League in 2012, having gone much of the season struggling to rediscover his form.

It's impossible not to pay former Spurs boss Sherwood some credit considering the way in which Villa and Benteke's fortunes have improved since he arrived in the middle of February.

It isn't the first time Sherwood has improved the fortunes of a talented yet struggling striker, despite his short managerial career, after the 46-year-old reintroduced Emmanuel Adebayor at Tottenham last season, with the Togo striker putting in superb performances under the ex-England international.

And as the Midlands club continue to gather points in their race to escape the drop, not to mention an FA Cup final to look forward to at the end of the season, there's no telling how many more Benteke can net.

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