Jamie Carragher: Why Liverpool have bought well this summer
Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher runs the rule over Brendan Rodgers's summer signings at Anfield
Jamie Carragher says Liverpool have made some astute signings in the summer transfer window.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has snapped up eight new players already this summer after the Reds finished in sixth place last season.
The Northern Irishman spent £32.5m to bring Belgium international Christian Benteke to Anfield from Aston Villa last month.
Getting James Milner in, with Premier League experience, he has been there and done it with Manchester City and so is a good signing
And former Liverpool centre-half Carragher reckons 24-year-old Benteke can offer a real presence up front for the 18-time English champions.
Carragher told Sky Sports: “I think Christian Benteke was someone who Liverpool needed, a physical presence at the top end of the pitch, with pace and power, Premier League experience and a great goals record.
“Obviously it is yet to be seen how he will fit in over the coming months and how he will be affected by Liverpool’s style of play being slightly different to Aston Villa’s.”
On Danny Ings’s move to Liverpool on a free transfer from Burnley, Carragher added: “Danny Ings coming in will be an improvement on the backup strikers Liverpool had last season, especially in terms of Mario Balotelli and Fabio Borini – he will offer more than either of them.”
The Champions League winner is also happy with the arrival of England international James Milner on a free transfer from Manchester City.
Carragher continued: “Getting James Milner in, with Premier League experience, he has been there and done it with Manchester City and so is a good signing.”
However, the Reds legend admitted that he would have liked Rodgers to sign a defensive midfielder to help fill the void left by Steven Gerrard.
Carragher added: “I would have liked to have seen them sign a defensive midfield player, with Steven Gerrard having moved on. Emre Can can maybe step in there and you still have Lucas Leiva, but it looks like a position that Liverpool need to fill, and it is one that I am slightly surprised they haven’t given their defensive record over the last few years.”
Liverpool start their Premier League campaign with a clash against Stoke City at The Britannia on Sunday afternoon.