John Barnes: Liverpool must adapt to Christian Benteke

Former Liverpool midfielder John Barnes says the Reds must adapt to £32.5m signing Christian Benteke

John Barnes says Liverpool must adapt to Christian Benteke.

The Belgium international moved to Liverpool from Aston Villa in a £32.5m deal in the summer transfer window.

So maybe we have to change the way we play a little bit to be a bit more, not necessarily direct but to get the ball in the box for Benteke

John Barnes

Benteke scored his first Liverpool goal in a 1-0 victory over Bournemouth at Anfield in the Premier League last month.

However, the 24-year-old striker failed to score against Arsenal and West Ham United in his last two appearances.

Former Liverpool midfielder Barnes is feeling optimistic about the Merseyside outfit’s prospects for the season.

Barnes told BBC Sport: “I’m optimistic for Liverpool , they seem to be able to win matches 1-0 even if they don’t play well which they couldn’t in the past, so I’m hopeful.

“Obviously when you look at two years ago, when we had the quality of Suarez, Sturridge who is not there with his injury, Gerrard was two years younger, Coutinho, Sterling, we don’t have that.

“So maybe we have to change the way we play a little bit to be a bit more, not necessarily direct but to get the ball in the box for Benteke. We are still finding that way to adapt to him, he has to adapt to us.”

Benteke has scored one goal in four Premier League appearances for the 18-time English champions this term.

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The Reds striker has netted 42 goals in 88 Premier League appearances for Villa during three seasons at the Birmingham side.

The towering Belgian is the second most-expensive signing in the Merseyside outfit’s history.
Liverpool make the trip to Manchester United in their next Premier League game on Saturday evening.

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