Brendan Rodgers backs new Liverpool man to shine

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has dismissed murmurings that the signing of Christian Benteke will force the Anfield team to change their style of play, as per Sky Sports.

The Merseyside outfit have splurged £32.5 million on the Belgium international to nullify the departure of Raheem Sterling and reinvigorate the side’s attack.

With Daniel Sturridge struggling for fitness last season, the Reds were goal-shy and Rodgers has clearly tried to address this.

Although Benteke’s arrival will offer Liverpool an addition goal threat, some sceptical observers have suggested that the Northern Irishman will have to change his tactics and style of play to fit in the more direct striker.

However, the former Swansea man has stated that Benteke’s presence will not force the Anfield outfit to rethink their tactics and that the new man fits into his plans.

“There’s a number of qualities that he has and he will only improve in his time at the club,” Sky Sports quote Rodgers as saying.

“I think first and foremost his goals, if you look at his goals record since the time that he’s been in the Premier League he’s up there with the best in terms of numbers. So that was very important for us.

“Obviously I’ve heard and I’ve seen stuff about the style, ‘he won’t fit the style of how we play’ – I think he’ll only complement it and help us.”

Liverpool have a glut of strikers available ahead of next season, with Divock Origi, Danny Ings and Mario Balotelli also fighting Sturridge and Benteke for a place in the starting XI.