July 25, 2015 11:05:32 UK
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says he has no qualms about new signing Christian Benteke fitting into his brand of attacking football.
Belgium striker Benteke was the focal point of attack for former club Aston Villa and ended each of his three seasons with the Midlands giants in double figures for goals in the Premier League.
“…he’s a boy that still is improving in his game so I don’t think there’s any doubt he’ll fit our tactical idea of the game and he can be a huge player for us.”
Rodgers has developed a reputation for playing an expansive style of football, raising concerns about how targetman Benteke will be deployed.
The Northern Irishman says he has every faith in the 29-year-old settling in at Anfield and is confident he will hit the ground running.
“There’s a number of qualities that he has and he will only improve in his time at the club,” the manager told reporters.
“I think first and foremost his goals, if you look at his goals record since the time that he’s been in the Premier League he’s up there with the best in terms of numbers. So that was very important for us.”
He added: “Obviously I’ve heard and I’ve seen stuff about the style, ‘he won’t fit the style of how we play’ – I think he’ll only complement it and help us.
“As I said, he’s a boy that still is improving in his game so I don’t think there’s any doubt he’ll fit our tactical idea of the game and he can be a huge player for us.”
Liverpool complete their pre-season programme with games against Veikkausliiga side HJK next and finally Swindon Town, before opening their Premier League campaign away to Stoke City, and are quoted 3.75 to secure a top-four finish next season.
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