Pat Nevin: Why Christian Benteke isn’t a Liverpool striker
The former Chelsea man believes Christian Benteke doesn't fit the Liverpool mould
Pat Nevin says Christian Benteke doesn’t fit the Liverpool mould despite Brendan Rodgers making the Belgian his most-expensive signing.
The 24-year-old forward has scored two goals in five Premier League appearances for the Reds after a £32.5m move to Anfield from Aston Villa in the summer transfer window.
Benteke is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury and missed Liverpool’s 3-2 victory over his former club Villa at Anfield in the Premier League on Saturday.
And former Chelsea midfielder Nevin believes Benteke doesn’t fit the profile of the Merseyside club.
“I wonder if Benteke is going to be good for Liverpool. I’m not sure,” Nevin told Newstalk’s Off The Ball show.
“You look through historically, how many big, hefty strikers have done the business for Liverpool over the years? You’re going all the way back to John Toshack when it worked.”
Benteke scored the winner against Bournemouth at Anfield in August before he netted a consolation strike in a 3-1 defeat by Manchester United at Old Trafford.
And Nevin described Benteke as a perfect impact player from the bench.
“It is £30m for an impact player,” he continued. “These players are important. I think if we’ve got Sturridge in, he’ll be ‘plan A’. I just wonder who signed Benteke.”
Liverpool face Everton at Goodison Park in the Merseyside derby this Sunday.