Brendan Rodgers hopes Christian Benteke arrival will boost Liverpool’s firepower

first_img1 Aston Villa hero Christian Benteke Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is hoping the imminent arrival of Belgian striker Christian Benteke be a big boost to the Reds’ sluggish attacking line.The Merseyside outfit made the Aston Villa star their primary target this summer after netting just 52 times in the Premier League last season – 101 goals less than the previous campaign when Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge almost fired them to the title.And talkSPORT understands Benteke is undergoing the first part of a two-stage medical in London on Monday afternoon with Reds team doctor Andy Massey, who flew in from Adelaide after leaving the club’s pre-season tour early, with the process continuing on Tuesday.After weeks of negotiations, Liverpool finally reached an agreement with Villa on Sunday, with the Reds set to pay £16million up front and the remainder of his £32.5million release clause over the length of his contract at Anfield.“It was just clear we needed to score more goals,” said Rodgers in quotes reported in the Liverpool Echo.“A few years ago we needed to improve our goal tally and we did that and it gave the team a little bit of profit. I feel it was the same this summer.“We were down on our goals. Overall it is the balance we need to improve offensively and defensively and the players that will contribute to both.”The capture of Benteke is seen as a show of support for the manager from owners Fenway Sports Group after a robust end-of-season review of a sixth-placed finish resulted in the sacking of assistant manager Colin Pascoe and first team coach Mike Marsh’s contract not being renewed.England Under-19 manager Sean O’Driscoll, former midfielder Gary McAllister and academy coach Pepijn Lijnders have been added to the backroom staff while there has been significant recruitment on the playing side, with Brazil international Roberto Firmino joining in a £29m deal from German Bundesliga side Hoffenheim.last_img read more