New Liverpool No. 9 Christian Benteke insists he will prove wrong those who think he needs aerial balls from crosses in order to get the best from him.
The Belgian forward hit back at suggestions from former manager Tim Sherwood, who had questioned why Liverpool – a team who rarely play crosses into the box – would sign Benteke.
“I think we cross more balls into the box than any club in the league and I think Christian says he feeds off crosses, said Sherwood last month.
“There’s no point going to a club where they don’t cross the ball.”
Only Swansea City played fewer crosses than Liverpool in the Premier League last season and with the new season just days away, fans are getting on the betting bonus codes to back Benteke to convert balls into the box.
But Benteke insists he’s about more than just crosses, revealing he spoke to the Aston Villa boss about the quotes.
“I don’t believe that and I told him,” explained Benteke. “I spoke with him and I explained to him the situation. I said football has changed and the football now is modern and I can adapt.
“It is not just about crossing, I can score normal goals too. I told him I am not afraid about it. If Liverpool bought me, then they know how to use me.
“That is why I came here and I can show I can play with my feet, too. The manager here will use me how he wants. He knows how to do that.
“I believe I can produce the goals but I am not alone here. That is the good thing. I have players behind me and around me.
“I knew if I joined a big club I would have some pressure, so I am ready for this challenge. I will work hard and not worry about things.
“The money is high but even if it was less, when you join a big club there is pressure so I just have to deal with it.”