Simon Mignolet delighted Liverpool have signed Christian Benteke

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Simon Mignolet is relishing the chance of playing alongside fellow countryman Christian Benteke at Liverpool.

Benteke completed his £32.5 million move to Anfield from Aston Villa on Wednesday and becomes the Reds' second most expensive signing in the club's history.

The 24-year-old is Liverpool's seventh signing of the summer and the striker arrives with a vast reputation having scored 42 goals from 89 Premier League games at Villa Park.


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Liverpool have also felt the wrath on Benteke in the past, with the former Genk man scoring fvie goals from six appearances against the Merseyside outfit.

And Mignolet believes his international team-mate will have huge success at Liverpool.

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"I'm very pleased that he's signed," the former Sunderland goalkeeper told "We all know that he's a very good player and it's another Belgian joining LFC.

"I think I've been a good example! I was the first one and now we're three; if we all play [in the same XI] it means Liverpool is one-quarter Belgian.

"I'm very happy. The Belgian connection is there now and it will be nice for the people in Belgium to follow LFC.

"They've done that before but it will only make it better and I'm sure there'll be a lot of Belgian fans coming to Anfield next season. I'm looking forward to that.

"We had some good duels against each other with Aston Villa. I won't be challenging him anymore, like I did last season, so that's nice!

"He will work hard in training. He's got the physical presence, the ability to hold the ball up front and play with his back to goal.

"He will make sure that all the other players we've got connect with him, and when he keeps that ball make sure that we can be dangerous on the counter-attack."

Another Belgian joins Liverpool

Benteke becomes the third Belgian to join Liverpool alongside Mignolet and Divock Origi, who met up with his new team-mates after spending one final year on loan at Lille following his £10 million transfer last summer.

With Benteke and Origi both consistently playing upfront for their country together, they should have a fairly strong rapport already and could fire early.

Brendan Rodgers has been hard at work over the summer to add more goals to his side after they grabbed just 52 during the 2014/15 campaign. Benteke joins Danny Ings, who joined from Burnley on a free transfer and £29.5 million playmaker Roberto Firmino too has an eye for goal.

The new recruits will likely pave the way out of Anfield for trio Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini.

Rodgers has said Balotelli's future "is entirely up to him" which isn't the most inspiring of quotes and means that the Italian is not in the Liverpool manager's plans.

Lambert looks set for a move to West Bromwich Albion for £3 million and Borini will likely attract a host of clubs.

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