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Sign the BEAST! Liverpool legend backs move for £30m-rated striker


first_imgSteve Nicol has welcomed reports Liverpool are planning a big-money move for Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke.Brendan Rodgers is on the lookout for a prolific striker this summer having seen his side struggle for goals in 2014/15.Benteke, rated at around £30million by Villa, is understood to be Rodgers’ top target, and Nicol believes the powerful 24-year-old would be a perfect signing for the Merseyside club.“I am very positive about Benteke,” former defender Nicol, who played 468 times for Liverpool, told the Sports Bar.“I wouldn’t like to play against him. The guy is a beast. He scores goals and I actually don’t think he gets the credit he deserves for the talent he has with his feet.“I would be more than happy for Christian Benteke to be at Liverpool next season.”Liverpool are also being linked with a £15m swoop for Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin, but Nicol believes, unlike Benteke, the 25-year-old would represent a huge gamble by Rodgers.The Reds chief has come in for criticism over his signings in the transfer market and, while Nicol rates Austin highly, he is unsure if he has what it takes to be a hit on Merseyside.He added: “Charlie Austin scored so many goals for QPR, who were bottom of the league for most of the season. That that means he has got talent. The question is, can you put the talent into Liverpool’s team?“We thought when [Adam] Lallana came from Southampton, he has got ability, he has got skill, he has got a little bit of something different to other players, like Charlie has, but that hasn’t worked.“He [Austin] is going to be another player that falls into the category of we need to wait and see. Liverpool need to sign players that from the get go we know what we are getting and we know they are going to drive the club forward from the situation they are in.”last_img

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