Christian Benteke is a risky signing for Liverpool

Aston Villa v Burnley - Premier League

According to a number of sources, including the Liverpool Echo, Brendan Rodgers' club has used a large chunk of the money they received for Raheem Sterling to trigger Christian Benteke's release clause with Aston Villa.

This news is causing a very mixed reaction from Liverpool fans and football fans in general as the Belgian is certainly a good center forward, but is he worth the £32.5 million price tag?

Not only that, is he really what the Merseyside club need at this point after they already secured the signing of Roberto Firmino a few weeks ago?


Want to become a GMS writer? Sign up now and submit a 250 word test article:

While Benteke is a proven Premier League striker, the business Liverpool are doing could certainly be put into question.

The powerful Belgian striker will join Daniel Sturridge, Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert, Divock Origi, Danny Ings, Fabio Borini, and the aforementioned Firmino at Liverpool which makes for quite a large number of center forwards at the club.

Questionable signing

This begs the question: should the Reds be spending this amount on yet another striker?

While a couple of the current forwards on Merseyside such as Borini, Lambert, and possibly Balotelli may be on their way out, it is still a questionable signing as many believe Liverpool should be focusing on strengthening on the opposite end of the pitch. 

However, there are a number of people who are pointing out the positives that could come with this transaction.

Benteke's record of scoring a goal every other game during his time at Aston Villa is certainly a better average than Liverpool's forwards combined for this last season, and with Sturridge continuing to struggle with injuries, the big Belgian forward seems a good signing despite the hefty fee. 

It will be interesting to see how Benteke fits in at Liverpool, but fans will certainly be hoping that he can prove his worth and be the goalscorer they've desperately needed since the departure of Luis Suarez. 

News Now - Sport News