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Kolo Toure excited to play with Christian Benteke

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Kolo Toure insists Christian Benteke's dream debut against Swindon Town can help the Belgium international hit the ground running at Liverpool. 

Benteke completed his £32.5 million move to the Reds from Aston Villa last week and arrived at Anfield with a stellar reputation forged by scoring 42 goals in 89 Premier League games at Villa Park.

The 24-year-old made his debut in Liverpool's final pre-season friendly against Swindon on Sunday and he scored an outstanding 20 yard volley for the opener in the 2-1 win.

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The hefty price-tag paid for Benteke had some sceptical when first announced; however, his first goal was the perfect way to answer any critics.

And Toure feels his latest team-mate has started his Anfield career in the best way possible and will continue that form into the new season.

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"It was a fantastic goal and he had a good game. It was his first game for quite a while and it was really important for him to score the goal," the former Arsenal and Manchester City defender told Liverpoolfc.com.

"To score on your debut - and what a goal it was - can give him the confidence to go on and have a great season.

"It is always difficult to play against a player like him - he is really strong, he can hold the ball up, set the ball up for other players and can score goals, which is really important.

"I'm happier to have him on my side, definitely!"

Main Striker

Benteke has cost Liverpool a king's ransom and Kopites will be looking for a quick return from the striker.

Brendan Rodgers made the former Genk man his main target in the summer transfer window and, after trying to negotiate a price with Aston Villa, finally met Benteke's buy-out clause.

Despite many saying the Reds have overpaid for Benteke, Rodgers takes a contrasting view and in fact said the sum will "prove a bargain."

With Daniel Sturridge injured until at least October, Benteke will be an invaluable member of Liverpool's squad in the early stages of the season. His physical presence will add an extra dimension to their attack and allow Rodgers to change tactics if things aren't initially going to plan.

Benteke seemingly knows he will have to adjust his game to suit how Liverpool play. Rodgers encourages fast, counter-attacking movement where movement is an absolute must. The reason why Mario Balotelli's debut season at the Merseyside outfit was so miserable was because he did not offer the sufficient movement required to gel with the player's around him.

There were encouraging signs that Benteke will suit. Against Swindon he linked well with fellow new-boy Roberto Firmino and Lazar Markovic, with the latter smartly cutting the ball back to Benteke for him to fire over the bar.

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