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Christian Benteke brushes off Tim Sherwood's 'one-trick-pony' claims

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Christian Benteke has vowed to prove Tim Sherwood wrong after the Aston Villa manager claimed there was 'no point' in the Belgian moving to Liverpool, reports the Mirror.

Sherwood claimed that "there’s no point going to a club where they don’t cross the ball", suggesting that the 24-year-old was a one trick pony, which prompted a response from the former Villa striker.

Since joining from Genk in 2012, the target-man scored 42 goals in 88 Premier League games, making him Villa's top goalscorer for each of the past three seasons.

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Benteke has hit back at Sherwood in light of his outburst, though, and said: "I don’t believe that and I told him - I spoke with him and I explained to him the situation. I said football has changed and 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."

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However, despite the striker's success at Villa, the midlands side have finished no higher than 15th during his time at the club. Each season the team have found themselves in a relegation battle and the Congo-born target man has finally chosen to move on to bigger things. 

Emmanuel Adebayor has been linked with a move to Sherwood's side from Tottenham Hotspur as a replacement for Benteke, though the deal is in risk of not going ahead. 

The Villa boss said: "He was here [at the training ground] and we spoke but he is a Tottenham player. We had discussions and he is still a Tottenham player so obviously something went wrong."

Adebayor has fallen out of favour at Spurs since the arrival of Mauricio Pochettino. Much of this has been down to the emergence of Harry Kane, with Roberto Soldado the club's second choice forward.

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