Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Uncategorized

Can Benteke Lead Liverpool Back to the Champions League?


Benteke Rodgers 2015 2

When Liverpool announced the signing of Christian Benteke after a protracted chase during the summer, a number of the Anfield were up in arms at the signing.

At first glance, the Belgian perhaps isn’t a Liverpool style player; at 6ft 4in, he’s more of a target man than a skilful orator in the mould of Luis Suarez, who he has essentially been brought in to replace.

And yet his goal record – 43 goals in 91 games for an Aston Villa side that largely struggled in the Belgian’s time there – is fantastic. Extend that ratio of a goal every 2.1 games across a whole season in an attacking line-up and you can easily see the 25-year-old returning 20 goals or more: the Holy Grail for any attacker worth their salt.

Bookies.com, a highly respected tipping website, have marked Benteke down as a well-priced outsider for the Premier League Golden Boot market, and with his current goal record it would be hard to argue with them.

But can he fit into this Liverpool side well enough to maintain that healthy scoring run?

Triple S

Most of Benteke’s criticism comes in the form of unfavourable comparisons to Suarez. When Liverpool enjoyed their most successful campaign in decades back in 2013/14, it was largely down to the goals of an attacking triumvirate of the Uruguayan, Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge. Two of that three are now notable by their absences.

Fortunately, Philippe Coutinho is showing signs that he is set to realize his undoubted potential in the ‘Sterling’ role. Picking up the ball in wide positions and darting inside, the intelligence of Coutinho’s play, allied with the movement of Benteke, created numerous openings in the games against Bournemouth and Arsenal, and it took a magnificent display from Petr Cech in the Gunners’ goal to keep them at bay. Even in a game where they enjoyed just 34% possession of the ball, Liverpool mustered eight shots on target and looked the more likely side to win the match.

A player who should gel nicely with Benteke and Coutinho, once he has settled into the English game, is Roberto Firmino. He has yet to pull up any trees in his three Liverpool starts to date, but the Premier League is played at a higher tempo than the Bundesliga, and so the Brazilian is perhaps still finding his feet.

Former Liverpool man Ryan Babel, who played with Firmino at Hoffenheim, has said: “He can dribble, shoot, he has a great shot, he can play a lot of through balls and his assists are very good.” Benteke would be the main beneficiary of such creativity.

If Sturridge can find some fitness and form in the near future, Brendan Rodgers could have an attacking quartet on his hands that rivals that Suarez/Sturridge/Sterling dream team. And those punters who have backed Benteke in the Golden Boot market, as suggested by Bookies.com, could be picking up their winnings come May next year.


 

Latest

Talent Radar

Mateus Carvalho profiles 20 of the best young players to watch in the Liga NOS  for the 2020-21 season, one from each club! In...

Scout Report

Tom Robinson writes a detailed scout report about the Argentina and Banfield attacking midfielder, Agustin Urzi. With no confirmed date for football to return...

Opinions

Mateus Carvalho casts a discerning eye over Leeds United to assess their prospects in the Premier League. I still remember being a little kid,...

Tactical Analysis

Vishal Patel takes a close look at Chelsea’s defence to understand why the club conceded so many goals in the 2019-20 Premier League. Frank...

Talent Radar

Richard Pike profiles 20 of the best Under-20 players to watch in the Serie A  for the 2020-21 season, one from each club! As...

Young Players

Richard Pike profiles 20 of the best Under-20 players to watch in the La Liga for the 2020-21 season, one from each club! As...

Young Players

Rahul Warrier profiles 20 Young Players to watch in the 2020/21 Premier League season, one from each club! The return of Premier League football...

Talent Radar

Tom Robinson profiles 10 young players to watch out for in the Brasileirao. Despite being one of the hardest hit countries by the Coronavirus...

Scout Report

Charles Onwuakpa writes a detailed scout report about the Sweden and Juventus attacking midfielder, Dejan Kulusevski. Juventus’ dominance in Serie A and numerous scandals...

Opinions

The recent CAS ruling that lifted Manchester City’s European ban has generated a whirlwind of controversy and debate about Financial Fair Play (FFP). Vishal...

You May Also Like

Tactical Analysis

Vishal Patel takes a close look at Chelsea’s defence to understand why the club conceded so many goals in the 2019-20 Premier League. Frank...

Young Players

Rahul Warrier profiles 20 Young Players to watch in the 2020/21 Premier League season, one from each club! The return of Premier League football...

Young Players

As the end of the season beckons across Europe, in some form, it is time for us at Outside of the Boot to recognize...

Opinions

Ryan Paton wonders if the strange circumstances surrounding the recent Premier League victory will inspire an era of Liverpool dominance. It’s what we’ve been...

Previous Next
Close
Test Caption
Test Description goes like this