Christian Benteke reveals his strengths and weaknesses ahead of Liverpool showdown at Manchester City
By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Christian Benteke has made the surprise revelation that he thinks he is better on the ground than in the air.
The physically imposing striker has won more aerial duels than any other forward since moving to the Premier League from his native Belgium in 2012.
But Benteke is convinced that he poses a greater threat to opposition defences when he has the ball at his feet.
Liverpool’s £32.5million summer signing scored a spectacular overhead kick in the team’s 3-1 defeat at Manchester United in September and clinched the Merseysiders’ 3-1 win at Chelsea at the end of October with some deft footwork.
“People think because I am big that I am better in the air but I feel I am better on the ground.” Benteke said in an interview with Mail Online. “I’m happy with my ability. That is what I am going to say. I can run in behind defenders. I can play with my back to the goal. It isn’t a problem for me. I can mix it.
“I’m always looking to pick up new things. So I look and I try to learn. Who do I watch the most? Robert Lewandowksi, Luis Suarez, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. They are all different scorers. I just try to be a good professional. I come in of a morning, I do my stuff in the gym. I work.”
Benteke has made a solid start to his Anfield career, scoring four Premier League goals in nine matches and providing a focal point to a team that has registered just 12 goals in their 13 games in the competition this season.
Liverpool travel to leaders Manchester City on Saturday, with manager Jurgen Klopp ready to take a gamble on Daniel Sturridge and include him in the matchday squad.