John Barnes: Christian Benteke signing would force Liverpool to play more direct football.

Christian Benteke will be a good signing for Liverpool, but securing his services will change the Reds' style of play, according to England great John Barnes. The former Liverpool man is convinced Brendan Rodgers' side would have to change their football style to a more direct approach if they land the Aston Villa striker. While speaking to talkSPORT, he said: “Liverpool have to adapt the way they play to suit Christian Benteke. “When they play with Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho, they pass the ball through midfield and always want to score the perfect goal. “With Benteke, you get the ball wide and then in the box, you need to be a little bit more direct.” The Liverpool legend added: “If he comes it will need a sweeping change in the way Liverpool play. Would that be a bad thing? Not necessarily, balance is important. “At times Liverpool overplayed which really came off two years ago but didn’t last season. He would cause people a lot of problems.”

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