Liverpool transfers: Michael Owen questions Christian Benteke signing
Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen isn't sure how Brendan Rodgers will accommodate Christian Benteke in his side
Michael Owen has questioned how Brendan Rodgers would accommodate Christian Benteke in his Liverpool side if the Reds complete the signing of the Aston Villa striker.
The Merseyside club have reportedly activated the £32.5m release clause in the Belgium international’s contract in a bid to sign the striker ahead of rival suitors Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.
Benteke played a vital role in Villa’s successful survival bid last season after he scored 12 goals in their final 13 games under Paul Lambert’s successor at Villa Park, Tim Sherwood.
However, Owen isn’t sure if Rodgers will be able to fit Benteke in the same side as England international Daniel Sturridge and £29m summer signing Roberto Firmino.
Owen wrote on Sportslobster: “I’m a big admirer of Christian Benteke but it will be interesting to see if his style of play compliments Liverpool. Fermino, Sturridge and Benteke – I wonder how Brendan Rodgers will juggle them all and what formation he will use.”
Benteke has scored 49 goals in 100 games in all competitions for Villa following his move to the Birmingham side from Genk in 2012.
The 6ft 3ins striker missed last summer’s World Cup after he ruptured his Achilles tendon two months before the start of the tournament.
The Belgium man could become Liverpool’s seventh signing of the summer transfer window.