Liverpool boss Rodgers: Silencing Benteke key to beating Villa
He has wasted little time in firing three goals since the Barclays Premier League campaign kicked off either and Rodgers knows the forward is the focal point of a rapid young attack under Paul Lambert.
"There's no doubt Benteke is the reference point for the team - the ball goes up to him and he holds it up well. He's a big, powerful boy," the manager said at his press conference on Thursday.
"They had a hard season last season, Aston Villa, but that first year when you come into a new club there are different challenges that you have to meet and Paul had that last year.
"I very much expect for them to have a very good season. They are very much a counter-attacking team that set up to defend half a pitch and then break out with the pace of Benteke, Agbonlahor in particular and young Andreas Weimann on the side."
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