Christian Benteke signing a gamble for Liverpool

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With Liverpool reportedly set to bid £32.5 million for Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke, the move has seemingly split opinions.

Scrolling through Twitter, there are some who are pleased to have the Belgian international potentially coming to lead the Reds' front-line, whilst others are still sceptical.

Benteke has been a long-term target for the Reds as they look to improve their fire-power upfront having scored just 52 Premier League goals last season - only Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur scored less of those who finished in the top ten.

Luis Suarez's inevitable sale to Barcelona handed Liverpool a monumental £75 million, however that money was wasted. Kopites wanted a significant amount of that money spent on a proven goalscorer, yet, just £16 million went on Mario Balotelli, a transfer that proved to be a failure.


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Liverpool fans are indeed getting what they've pleaded for by spending a kings ransom on a striker. However, is Benteke the right choice?


Since moving from FC Genk to Aston Villa for £7 million in 2012 he's developed a vast amount of hype around himself. He hit the ground running, scoring on his debut against Swansea City and that run during the 2012/13 season didn't stop.

He was praised immensely by his peers. Michael Owen wrote on Twitter;

"I'm seriously impressed with Benteke. What a player."

In his first season in England, Benteke ended the year with 19 league goals with only Robin van Persie, Luis Suarez and Gareth Bale scoring more. Considering that it can take foreigners a while to settle in the Premier League, Benteke certainly buckled that trend. 

In his past three years with Villa, the 24-year-old has racked up a prolific scoring record and netted 42 goals from 89 top flight games. That is indeed a top effort that mirrors one goal every two games in a side that hasn't been the most inspiring. Villa have finished 15th, 15th and 17th in the past three campaigns and playing in a better side he could top his goalscoring tally.

In the early stages of last season, Benteke struggled when Paul Lambert was manager. However, when Lambert was sacked and Tim Sherwood took over and encouraged a more attacking style of football, the Belgian hit a superb run of form and scored freely, including against the Reds in the 2-1 FA Cup final victory.

With Rodgers insisting on a high-pressing game, much like Sherwood, this suggests Benteke would fit well into the Liverpool team.


Balotelli, Fabio Borini and Rickie Lambert all look set to leave Anfield this summer, the latter especially if Benteke is signed.

Sturridge is on the books and is a force when fit and the Reds too have Divock Origi and new signing Danny Ings.

All good sides have a four-headed prong front-line that can be switched around depending on the situation - remember when Liverpool had Michael Owen, Robbie Fowler, Emile Heskey and Jari Litamnnen on their books and won the treble? Likewise when Manchester City won the league in 2012 with Serio Aguero, Edin Dzeko, Carlos Tevez and Balotelli.

Sturridge is the most of direct of all, Origi has blistering pace and likes to come from wide positions cutting into the box and Ings in a conventional number nine.

What Benteke would contribute is being a big target man who is an aerial threat as well as being able to play the ball on the ground. He puts himself about and on the ball he proves too powerful for him to be picked of it easily.


Of course, the fee is a concern.

Benteke would become Liverpool's second biggest record signing, only behind Andy Carroll's £35 million move from Newcastle United in 2011. We all know how that one worked out...

For what the Reds could potentially be paying, it is more than what Chelsea paid for Diego Costa last summer, more than what Arsenal paid for Alexis Sanchez and Manchester City paid just £6 million less that what Manchester City paid for Aguero.

With all the three mentioned above, something so important comes with them instantly; shirt sales. Across the globe, people rush to buy a new strip with a new signing on the back. They had a significant amount of stock around their name coming from big European clubs who'd won trophies.

Would Benteke sell shirts? Yes, but not nowhere near as many as what a high-profile striker for a similar fee would. Villa have a rich history being previous European Cup winners, however, there club name is one that oozes averageness, at best, in recent years.

Injury History

For £32.5 million, teams want a player who will go the extra mile.

Sanchez works his socks off in every game, likewise Aguero and Costa will do anything for his team to win (albeit not always kosher).

Benteke's injury list speaks for itself. He snapped his achilles prior to the World Cup last summer and was devastated. With the European Championships next summer, there's no way he will want to have that same fate repeat itself. Therefore, in the closing stages of next season, Benteke could quite easily not work how he should and shirk away from challenges.

He too spent some time on the side-lines last term. Liverpool already have one striker in Sturridge who is prone to injury and bringing another in may not be a wise move.

Will Benteke prove a good signing for Liverpool? Have your say below! 

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