John Barnes lends word of advice on Benteke pursuit

Former Liverpool midfielder, John Barnes believes that the Reds will have to switch their way of playing the game in order to get the best out of Christian Benteke

The Belgium international has been hotly linked with a move away from Aston Villa this summer with Liverpool seem to be favourites to land his signature. And although the striker has done admirably for a team that spent the last two seasons fighting relegation, Barnes believes that Liverpool’s current system may never bring the best out of the powerful striker.

The Englishman says that there should be a new system to bring the best out of Benteke should Liverpool sign the player.

“Liverpool will have to adapt the way they play to suit Christian Benteke,” he told talkSPORT. “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.

“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.”