Rush pleased with Benteke impact


    Former Liverpool striker Ian Rush has said that Christian Benteke and Daniel Sturridge could form a very good partnership for the club.

    Benteke9Benteke scored his first goal for the club in Monday’s 1-0 win over Bournemouth and Sturridge is set to return to fitness in mid-September.

    And Rush thinks that the duo could easily play together in Brendan Rodgers’ side.

    “Can he play with Benteke? I think all great players can play with anyone.” he told 888Sport.

    If you’re a good player – as Benteke is and Sturridge is – then you make a way to play with each other. You adapt to whatever is needed.

    “Any club would miss a fully fit Daniel Sturridge. At the moment we’re keeping clean sheets and only winning by the odd goal. We just have to keep things tight at the back and he will give us that extra firepower.

    “It’s very early doors but I was very excited when we signed Benteke. When you have Sturridge coming back from injury and you have the option of Danny Ings, I feel there is something there.

    “Benteke could be the difference between sixth and fourth and top four is a realistic target we have to be aiming at.” he added.

    Rush went on to say that he feels that Philippe Coutinho and Simon Mignolet have benefited from the presence of Benteke in the Liverpool side.

    “I think Benteke coming in has helped Coutinho a lot.” the Welshman said.

    “He holds the ball up and Coutinho gets into those little pockets and when he gets into those he is very dangerous and can run at you.

    “If Mignolet gets caught at the back now he has an option if he needs to get rid of it. Whereas last time we weren’t strong in the air so Mignolet was reluctant to kick the ball long and sometimes he would get caught passing it from the back.

    “Teams close Liverpool down now and some of them are very good at it so sometimes you have to kick long.

    “Mignolet is basically taking the right decisions now and we have Benteke there holding the ball up. So Mignolet will benefit from Benteke more so than many of the others.” he finished.

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