Benteke: I can adapt to Reds

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Christian Benteke is determined to prove his doubters wrong by proving he can play a more technical style of football at Liverpool.

Prior to his £32.5 million move from Aston Villa to Anfield many, including Villans boss Tim Sherwood, claimed the Belgium international was merely a target man who thrives on crosses into the box.

And Benteke, who opened his Liverpool account with a stunning volley in a 2-1 friendly win over Swindon, dismissed the notion and revealed he confronted his former manager about his comments.

"I don't believe that what he said is true and I told him that," Benteke told the Liverpool Echo.

"I spoke with him and I explained 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's why I came here – I'll show I can play with my feet too."