John Aldridge: Why Liverpool must play to Christian Benteke’s strengths
Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge praises Christian Benteke's impact in 3-1 win at Chelsea
Liverpool must continue to play to Christian Benteke’s strengths, according to John Aldridge.
The Belgium international has rediscovered his goal-scoring touch in recent weeks after he came off the bench to score in a 1-1 draw with Southampton last month.
Jurgen Klopp used Benteke as an impact substitute at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon and the 24-year-old striker scored Liverpool’s third in a 3-1 victory over Chelsea.
Former Liverpool striker Aldridge believes Benteke will prove a consistent goal-scoring force for the Reds if the £32.5m summer signing gets the appropriate service.
Aldridge told Liverpool Echo: “It was clear from the moment Christian Benteke came on that Chelsea couldn’t handle him.
“And encouragingly for Liverpool, it was also clear that they are starting to work out how to play to the big man’s strengths.
“We’ve paid £32m for this lad; we simply have to use him properly. That means balls he can attack, and runners off him. Look at the second and third goals Saturday – midfield runners.
“Benteke’s got four goals now, despite having not had much playing time. If we give him the service, he will score goals.
“He showed what he’s all about in that brilliant 25-minute cameo at Stamford Bridge.”
Benteke became Liverpool’s second most-expensive signing in the summer after his big-money move to the Merseyside outfit from Aston Villa.
The Belgian forward has scored four goals and made one assist in eight Premier League games for the Reds this season.
Benteke could line up against Rubin Kazan in the Europa League on Thursday night.