When Christen Benteke signed for Liverpool in the summer many saw him as a big target man, but that is far from his only trait.
Daniel Sturridge and Benteke, if played together, can become a deadly duo up front for Liverpool in my opinion. I think Sturridge has proved he can link up with almost anyone, as he always seems to bring more players into a game, and I’m sure it will be no different when it comes to linking up with Benteke.
Many see Benteke as simply a big target man, but that is far from his only trait. Both players are in fact excellent with the ball at their feet and both can find a pass and that’s why I’m sure they can provide many opportunities for one another. When these chances are presented the two strikers should also have no trouble in sticking the ball in the back of the net and indeed their clinical nature is reflected firmly in their extraordinary goal scoring records for their clubs. Sturridge has scored a whopping 37 goals in just 57 games for the reds and Benteke boasts a similar goal scoring tally of 42 goals in just 89 games whilst playing for a struggling Aston Villa side and if given more chances I think both players will easily score many more goals.
Benteke brings about a physical presence which Sturridge does not offer, but he can go on mazy runs and find clever passes more so than the Belgian.
However it’s hard to find room on the pitch for all of Liverpool’s players, in particular, forwards, but if Jürgen Klopps decides to go ahead and play both Benteke and Sturridge then he has yet more decisions to make. He may possibly choose to play Benteke as an out and out striker with Sturridge playing slightly off him as both are talented dribblers and passers but Sturridge is the better of the two and that is why he will most likely adopt this role behind Benteke and look to provide him with more chances on goal.
This set up should be effective as Sturridge will obviously still see his fair share of goals while Benteke will get more chances to score himself, although Sturridge will probably not be happy not being played as a striker.
However, Klopp has been known to play a 4-2-3-1 formation in the past which will come to the dismay of Sturridge if Benteke is played as the one up front and vice versa. Klopp may also opt for a 4-3-3 lineup and play both as strikers accompanied by Coutinho behind them which would suit the two players more and still allow for the partnership to unfold.
In my own opinion, it is obvious that these two would work well together up front. Benteke brings about a physical presence which Sturridge does not offer, but he can go on mazy runs and find clever passes more so than the Belgian. All in all they are both different types of players but in a way I think this could be a benefit rather than a drawback as together they can add to each others game and bring their own individual traits to the Liverpool front line. The question for myself is not if this partnership would be successful, but whether we are going to get to see it in action under Klopp.
Written by @lfcfan00