Liverpool Football Club confirmed the signing of Christian Benteke from Premier League rivals Aston Villa earlier this week to finally put an end to what was one of the longest-running transfer sagas of the current window. Brendan Rodgers and his fellow Liverpool bigwigs paid the Villains 32.5 million, which was the release clause mentioned in the big forward’s contract.
This makes Benteke the Reds second most expensive purchase ever, and that, is pressure. Getting signed by any club means pressure, but getting signed by a club as huge as Liverpool adds even more weight on the shoulders of the player being brought in. However, when you become the second most expensive transfer ever in the history of Liverpool Football Club, things have just got real.
My stance on the Benteke deal is still the same. Personally, I’m not too impressed with it. In fact, I have gone as far as saying that I actually see him turning out to be a flop. This honest admission attracted a lot of abuse and it’s not surprising why. Here is the guy on who’s shoulders rests all the hopes and aspirations of the millions of Liverpool fans the world over. This is the guy who is supposed to lead our front line and be our main man for as long as Daniel Sturridge does not return into the mix. And here I am, not only labelling his purchase as bad call but also forecasting that he’ll probably end up failing.
The reasons for me to think so are numerous and I’m sure you’ve heard of these doubts before. A certain Jamie Carragher made his thoughts on the Benteke deal public and hey what do you know! Here was one guy who had the same reservations as I did. The general opinion on the Belgian frontman is very divided as a vast majority do not see him as another Andy Carroll or, dare I say it, Rickie Lambert. Benteke’s former boss, Paul Lambert has said the very same after professing that he is not all about headers and holding up the ball.
One thing that the former Villa man has though, is a track record. With a total of 49 goals over the last three season, Benteke stands just behind the likes of Aguero, Van Persie and Suarez, and that, is some great company to mingle with. Now when you consider the fact that he did this with a team that consistently found itself fighting relegation over all of the last three seasons, you realize how big an achievement Benteke’s record is.
Having said that, the doubts that I harbour about him are related to his playing style. Can he get used to the quick passing that Brendan Rodgers has constructed the current Liverpool upon? I am not too convinced, but that does not mean I will not support him any less. Yes, I’d have rather we signed Lacazette or Reus or Benzema or Pedro, but Benteke is whom we have and I would love nothing more than to be proven wrong by him!
So what do YOU think? Let us know.