Christian Benteke confident he can adapt at Liverpool

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Christian Benteke is confident he can adapt to Liverpool's style of play and score plenty of "normal goals" at Anfield.

Benteke signed for the Reds for £32.5million from Aston Villa last week, becoming the club's second biggest signing in history, and arrives with a stellar reputation after scoring 42 Premier League goals in 89 appearances for the Birmingham outfit.

The Belgium international is expected to lead Brendan Rodgers' front-line against Stoke City this Sunday and will play an invaluable role throughout the season.


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Some have doubted how Benteke will fit in at Liverpool after being stereotyped as a "big target-man" throughout his career and a player who needs aerial balls played towards him to score goals.

Prior to Benteke leaving Villa, manager Tim Sherwood said there was "no point in him joining a club where they don't cross the ball".

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Sherwood wrong?

The Reds recorded just 409 crosses in the 2014/15 campaign - the lowest total in the top division. However, the 24-year-old is adamant he can adjust his game and prove his former boss wrong.

“I don’t believe that what he said is true and I told him that,” Benteke told the Liverpool Echo.

“I spoke with him and I explained the situation. I said football has changed and the football now is modern and I can adapt.

“It is not just about crossing, I can score normal goals too. I told him I am not afraid about it. If Liverpool bought me then they know how to use me.

“That’s why I came here - I’ll show I can play with my feet too."

Past History

Some are sceptical about Benteke's arrival because those who have a similar style have all failed under Rodgers at Liverpool.

When the Northern Irishman first took the helm at Anfield in 2012 he inherited Andy Carroll in his squad. Carroll had cost the club £35m less than two years previous and, despite not showing the form he did for Newcastle United, he still had goals in him. 

However, Rodgers immediately dismissed Carroll from his side and sent him on loan to West Ham United for a season, selling him to the Hammers a year later.

Last summer the Northern Irishman signed both Rickie Lambert and Mario Balotelli. Both are large in frame and both relish crosses into the box, especially the former.

Lambert and Balotelli were rarely used by Rodgers throughout the 2014/15 campaign however and managed just seven goals between them.

Liverpool fans, do you envisage Benteke flopping like Carroll and Lambert? Let us know in the comments box below what you think.

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