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Christian Benteke move to Liverpool good business claims Didi Hamann

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Didi Hamann believes Christian Benteke will prove value for money at Liverpool.

The Reds have reportedly met Benteke's £32.5 million buy-out clause in his Aston Villa contract, with most bookmakers no longer taking bets on the transfer.

The Belgium international will become Liverpool's second most expensive signing in history behind Andy Carroll's £35 million move from Newcastle United in 2011.

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Some Liverpool fans are sceptical of the high fee being paid for Benteke given his injury history and the similar price that was paid for the world's best players such as Alexis Sanchez's move to Arsenal last summer.

However, Hamann feels that his former side are getting a top-class striker who will be a force at Anfield.

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"I think Benteke is worth the money," Hamann told the Liverpool Echo.

“Look at what kind of money is being paid for other attacking players – like the £49million Man City paid for Raheem Sterling.

“I think £32million is probably about right. In fact I would have paid a bit more for him because I think he's that good.

“I've seen him terrorise defences and he gave Liverpool a torrid time at Wembley a few months ago.

“There's not many players out there who can play up front on their own.

“You have to be able to hold the ball up, score goals, occupy defenders and bring others into play. He does that. He's an aerial threat, he has pace and he can finish. I think he's tailormade for Liverpool."

Goalscorer

Benteke has an outstanding scoring record in the Premier League and Liverpool would be getting a striker who knows how to find the back of the net.

He's netted 42 goals from 89 top-flight games in an Aston Villa side who've finished 15th, 15th and 17th in the past three seasons, so in better team he could well improve that tally with a move to Anfield.

Brendan Rodgers certainly knows the wrath of Benteke with the striker scoring five times in six games against the Reds, including the opening goal in Villa's 2-1 win in the FA Cup final last April. 

In his first season in the Premier League, the 24-year-old netted 19 times with only Robin Van Persie, Luis Suarez and Gareth Bale scoring more. 

Target Man

One reason why some Kopites are not thrilled about the £32.5 million fee is that there could be a sense of deja vu at Anfield.

Some regard Benteke as a target man who needs crosses into him from out wide. Last season, Liverpool completed the least amount of crosses in the Premier League and fans don't want to once again waste a significant amount of money.

Carroll cost the club £35 million and boasted a similar profile when he made the switch from Newcastle in 2011, however, he failed at Anfield. Last summer, Mario Balotelli was signed for £16 million from AC Milan and he too has a bold stature, likewise Rickie Lambert who joined from Southampton for £4 million 12 months ago, but, both haven't been all that impressive, especially the former.

However, Hamann is adamant Benteke can adapt at Liverpool.

“I think it's unfair for anyone to compare him with the likes of Mario Balotelli and Andy Carroll,” the former Germany international added.

“I think he has a lot more to offer than those players.

"Benteke has scored a lot more goals and he's a No 1 centre forward. His goals almost single handedly kept Villa up.

“You need someone who can score 20 goals a season for you in the Premier League and Benteke can do that for Liverpool.

“With the service he will get from the likes of Firmino, Coutinho, Lallana and Markovic, I expect him to do very well.”

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