Liverpool have completed the transfer of Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke, after the Reds triggered the Belgian’s £32.5m release clause.
Liverpool fans will hope that the 24-year-old – who has signed a long-term contract at Anfield – will solve their striker woes of last season with the Belgian forward scoring more than Liverpool’ strikeforce combined last season.
In an interview on liverpoolfc.com, Benteke said he is delighted at having made the switch from Villa to Merseyside and hopes to help Liverpool back to silverware.
“I came here to win trophies. I came here to reach some great goals with the team,” said the former Aston Villa striker.
“I’m very happy to be part of the Liverpool family and I will do everything to make them happy and work hard for them and my teammates.
“I think there are quality players, a lot of good players with big names of course. I’m happy to be part of this team and will (try) to help this team reach its goals.
Benteke joined Villa from Genk in 2012 scoring 49 goals in 101 appearances for the Midlands side and he becomes Liverpool’s seventh signing of the transfer window.
With Christian Benteke’s arrival, Liverpool now have seven strikers. My guess is that Benteke will compete with Daniel Sturridge for the spot in the first team. When Sturridge is 100% fit, he would get the nod before Benteke in my books.
His arrival makes him Liverpool’s seventh striker with along with Sturridge, Danny Ings, Divock Origi, Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini. It looks like the latter three’s time is up at Anfield.
I feel for Aston Villa because Benteke follows other star players in Ron Vlaar and Fabian Delph out of the club. As of now, I fear for Tim Sherwood’s side and they could face relegation next season.