Four years ago Liverpool parted company with their star striker for a British record transfer fee. Immediately LFC splurged most of the proceeds on a large target man. With hindsight swapping Torres’s dynamic and deadly ability for Carroll’s injury prone clumsiness, was not great business. Such as the ridicule LFC endured since it would make you think the club has learnt their lesson. However, fast forward to the present day and it could be suggested that history is indeed repeating.
The Reds have just sold the talented but poisonous Raheem Sterling for a massive 49m to EPL rivals Manchester City. Flush with the Sterling cash. The Merseysiders immediately threw most of the 49m at Aston Villa in return for the services of their big target man Christian Benteke. Swapping a fleet footed and tricky forward for a tall muscle bound traditional centre forward, the similarities of four years ago are there for all to see.
But is it?
Benteke is a player that LFC manger Rodgers had eyed for at least twelve months, whereas Carroll was on the club’s radar for about 12 days. Slight exaggeration but Carroll was a panic buy with little time for negotiation with Newcastle.
LFC value Benteke at 25m and have been negotiating hard with Villa all summer. But having bargained hard with City over Sterling, LFC could hardly moan about Villa playing hardball with their valuing Benteke at 32m.
There are differences in the players too. Yes they are both magnets for long balls and hold up the ball well, but Benteke is far more gifted. Big Ben has pace and power, he takes on defenders and can play neat one –twos. Having proved himself in the EPL for several seasons, Benteke is also not a one season wonder as Carroll was in 2011. But the striker’s main job is to score, and although Carroll’s goal to game ratio is respectable, Benteke’s is impressive with 42 goals in 89 games. And with Liverpool seriously lacking goals last season, that is reason enough for Rodgers wanting Benteke at Anfield.