Liverpool transfers: Three reasons why Christian Benteke would be good signing
Jake Evans take a look at three reasons why Liverpool should sign Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke
Proven in the Premier League
Liverpool struggled to reinvest the £75m fee they received for Luis Suarez and the majority of signings made by the club last summer have performed below expectations. They need a significant win in this transfer market and Christian Benteke could be the player to make an instant impact at Anfield. Liverpool are in the market for a striker this window and there is reported interest in South American Salomon Rondon. Whilst the Zenit man undoubtedly good player, the Liverpool board could be reluctant to spend huge transfer fee on a striker that have never played in the Premier League. South American players can take notoriously long to settle in the North of England and Liverpool cannot afford their new striker that sluggish settling-in period. Benteke has scored at least 10 Premier League goals for Aston Villa in every season. He managed to net 13 times last year as Villa flirted with relegation, whilst the Liverpool strike force of Sturridge, Balotelli, Lambert and Borini managed just 8 league goals between them.
The arrival of Firmino
Liverpool have already made one impressive signing this window in Roberto Firmino from Hoffenheim despite reported interest from Manchester United and PSG. Firmino is a creator and operates in an attacking midfield role. He provided 10 assists last season, three more than Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling. Over the last two years, Firmino boasts the second most assists in the Bundesliga with 21; only Wolfsburg’s Kevin De Bruyne has more. Firmino is going to create plenty of chances for this Liverpool side and Benteke is a better finisher than any of the current Liverpool forwards when you consider that Daniel Sturridge is again sidelined through injury. When Villa appointed Tim Sherwood as manager in February, he insisted that the ball was played into Benteke as often as possible, a tactic which saw him score 11 goals in 13 appearances towards the end of last season. Imagine what the Belgian forward is capable of doing with attacking midfielders such as Firmino and Phillipe Coutinho behind him. Divock Origi will also be back at Anfield next season and could significantly improve by learning from his compatriot Benteke who is the first choice centre forward for Belgium under Marc Wilmots, despite some fierce competition from Everton’s Romelu Lukaku and Marseille’s Michy Batshuayi.
Signal of intent
The signing of a high-profile and sought after forward such as Benteke would demonstrate to the rest of the country that Liverpool are again able to compete for a Champions League place after such a disappointing 14/15 campaign. Steven Gerrard has left for America and it feels like the start of a new era at Anfield. Liverpool appear determined to conduct their business early on in the summer market to allow for the best preparation possible ahead of the new season. Nathanial Clyne’s arrival from Southampton was confirmed on Wednesday and he is another excellent addition to the squad. After strengthening significantly in defence and midfield with Clyne and Firmino, Liverpool should do the same in attack with the signing of Benteke. Adding real quality in every position so early on in the window would be a clear signal of intent from Brendan Rodgers and the board that Liverpool are back and ready to challenge.