Liverpool legend Ian Rush believes that the £32.5m that the Reds spent on Christian Benteke will prove to be money well spent, according to the Daily
“I’m really happy that they have signed him. I think they needed someone like that,” he said.
Rush – who is the Merseyside outfit’s all-time leading goalscorer in all competitions with 346 strikes over two spells – believes that the Belgian brings a versatility that will allow his former side to change their style (via Star).
“Benteke gives Liverpool a different option and I think he’s probably a bit better on the ground than people think. Technically, he’s very good but he’s also a good get out for Simon Mignolet,” Rush added.
“Liverpool like to play at the back but sometimes they overplay and he can be that get out because he is good in the air and it allows Simon Mignolet to kick the ball down the field knowing Benteke is a good outlet,” he explained.
Although the Kop hero is claiming that the former Aston Villa man’s move will prove to be a bargain buy for Brendan Rodgers’ side, his words come shortly after a study carried out by the CIES Football Observatory found that the Reds had quite considerably overpaid for Benteke.
While it is too early to decide whether the 24-year-old will end up justifying his fee or not, he has made a promising start to his career for the club, scoring – in controversial circumstances – against Bournemouth in only his second appearance.
And he would have added to his tally had Petr Cech not been in such inspired form when Liverpool travelled to the Emirates a week later.
But if he can find his second goal for the club at Old Trafford on Saturday – although he is a doubt for the game against Manchester United through injury (via Daily Express) – there will be many Reds fans that will start to agree with Rush’s assessment.