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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