Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson thinks Christian Benteke is a great signing

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Liverpool confirmed the signing of Christian Benteke from Aston Villa yesterday and captain Jordan Henderson believes it is "fantastic news" for the club as a whole.

Benteke's £32.5 million move was finally completed last night, making him the second most expensive signing in the club's history.

Brendan Rodgers has now made seven new additions to his squad this summer as he looks to improve on a highly disappointing campaign.


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Henderson, who inherited the captaincy following Steven Gerrard's move to LA Galaxy, was talking to ESPN after an open training session in Malaysia and gave his thoughts on the Reds' latest addition.

He said: "It's absolutely fantastic news, he's a good presence and a good man to have in your team. He's good technically as well and scores a lot of goals so hopefully he will be a big player for us this season."

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Benteke joins Liverpool following a stellar three seasons at Villa Park where he endeared himself to the home faithful with his physical presence in the opposition area and his eye for goal. 

During his spell at Villa the Belgian international found the back of the net 42 times in 88 games, with his goals proving vital in helping the Birmingham club retain their Premier League status over the past two seasons. 

During Paul Lambert's tenure as Villa boss Benteke was feeding off scraps, but still manage to hit double figures in the Premier League every season. Liverpool will be hoping that with better service for the 24-year-old to feed off, he can fire the club back into the top four. 

England international, Henderson believes the summer's activity at Anfield can be a platform for greater achievements. He said: "It's been a very good summer with lots of good signings. We've got a lot of things that we want to achieve. We want to win as many trophies as we can and obviously get back in the top four. That's what we aim to do."

The Belgian becomes the seventh new addition to the playing staff at Anfield during the window following the signings of James Milner, Danny Ings, Adam Bogdan, Joe Gomez, Roberto Firmino and Nathaniel Clyne.

A fellow Anfield new boy is delighted to finally be on the same side as the big striker and not having to line-up against him. Milner joined Liverpool following the expiry of his contract at Manchester City and said: "It's never nice to play against him with his physical presence,"

"He's got pace and he can finish with his head or his feet. It's not easy to score goals in the Premier League and he's done that consistently."

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