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Why I Signed Benteke –Rodgers

Posted: Jul 21, 2015 at 12:03 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Brendan Rodgers says Liverpool has swooped to sign Christian Benteke because the Reds desperately need to improve their firepower.

The Belgium striker will be heading to Anfield in a £32.5m deal with Aston Villa, once he successfully passes his medical in London.

Liverpool netted only 52 Premier League goals last season, a huge disappointment following the 101 they scored the previous campaign thanks largely to the dual striking combination of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge.

Suarez departed Merseyside for Barcelona before the start of 2014/15, while Sturridge spent most of last season on the treatment table.

On Sunday, Liverpool concluded negotiations on a payment structure which will see them pay £16m up front, with the remainder of Benteke’s release clause to be paid out over the length of his contract.

“It was just clear we needed to score more goals.

“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.”