Speaking after his official unveiling as a Liverpool player, on his £32.5 million move from Aston Villa, Christian Benteke outlined his Merseyside goals.
Christian Benteke sealed his £32.5 million move from Aston Villa to Liverpool on Wednesday, and the 24-year-old has targeted a trophy-winning Reds tenure.
The Belgian centre-forward was officially unveiled at the Reds’ Melwood training complex and said: “I came here to win trophies.”
“I’m very happy to be here and I would like to thank the owners, Ian [Ayre] and of course the manager for their massive effort to bring me here,” he said.
He later added: “I think it was the right club for me because I had a good chat with the manager and I wanted to be part of his project.”
But the former Villa man also noted the strong squad at the manager’s disposal.
“I think there are quality players, a lot of good players with big names of course,” he continued.
“I’m happy to be part of this team and will [try] to help this team reach its goals.”
Liverpool’s goals align with Benteke’s, as the striker continued outline.
“I want to be the best and I want to reach the best of myself,” he declared.
“I came here to win trophies. I came here to reach some great goals with the team.
“It’s about winning trophies. It’s about doing something in [my] career I can maybe explain to my son or my kids what I did.”
Benteke’s arrival has been the cause of great debate between Liverpool supporters, but his closing gambit will go some way to convincing the less welcoming sections.
He concluded: “I’m very happy to be part of the Liverpool family now and I will do everything to make them happy and work hard for them and my teammates.”
The striker signed a long-term contract with the Reds and is likely to join up with Rodgers’ squad when they return from their pre-season tour of the Far East and Australia.
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