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Belgium International Christian Benteke is looking to win trophies with the RedsLiverpool FC

Christian Benteke's signing for Liverpool has become one the top stories of the summer transfer window this year.

Benteke became the most expensive Belgian in history after making the £32.5m move from Aston Villa to Anfield on Wednesday night. He cost £500,000 more than Chelsea paid for Eden Hazard in the summer of 2012.

The 24-year-old target man is now looking forward to playing his part with the Reds and go for trophies as he readies to be featured with the 'big names' currently in the Reds roster.

"I think there are quality players [at Liverpool], a lot of good players with big names of course. I'm happy to be part of this team and will [try] to help this team reach its goals," Benteke told

"I think it was the right club for me because I had a good chat with the manager and I wanted to be part of his project," he added.

The Zaire-born player becomes the third Belgian to be a part of the Reds squad at the moment, which includes the likes of Simon Mignolet and Divock Origi. Benteke has said that he is looking forward to meeting with them and he is expecting a lot of guidance from his compatriots.

"I'm very excited. I want to meet them and work with them, of course," the Belgium international continued.

"I want to be the best and I want to reach the best of myself. I came here to win trophies. I came here to reach some great goals with the team. It's about winning trophies. It's about doing something in [my] career I can maybe explain to my son or my kids what I did."

Custodian Mignolet also welcomed the striker's signing. He said: "I think I've been a good example! I was the first one and now we're three; if we all play [in the same XI] it means Liverpool is one-quarter Belgian.

"I'm very happy. The Belgian connection is there now and it will be nice for the people in Belgium to follow LFC."

Former Villa manager Paul Lambert, who brought Benteke into English football, also believes the striker will do well at Anfield.

Lambert told BBC Sport: "He's a brilliant number nine. He won't need just crosses to come into the box. If he gets the service he'll get goals.

"That's the type of guy he is and on his game he's a handful. I'm delighted for him. He's earned that move and if he can do what I think he can do, he'll do great for them."

Meanwhile, "Benteke signs for Liverpool" has become a trending topic on Twitter as well, with fans and former Reds players taking the social media platform to express their opinions on the same.

Liverpool legend Terry McDermott wrote - "Now it's finally confirmed welcome to @LFC Christian Benteke, run around score goals and make yourself a #lfc legend #WelcomeBenteke"

Newcastle legend and Liverpool fan Mick Quinn posted - "When he is on his A Game, he can be unplayable, when he is not he looks lazy, he's 4th top PL scorer in the last 3 seasons #BENTEKE"

His move to LFC also leaves a huge void in the Villa line-up, and this is something that has former Chelsea defender Mario Melchiot worried -

The fans on social media have also poured mixed reactions:

Damien wrote - "I'm not saying Benteke is a bad player, far from it. my only problem is, i don't see how he suits our style of play. Hope it all works out."

Dave O'Connell posted - "Really impressed how Benteke conducted himself leaving Villa. He left Villa with a taste of honey while [Raheem] Sterling left with a taste of salt."

Even creativity spread wide as an embossed video surfaced showing Reds manager Brendan Rodgers expressing his joy by shaking a leg - 

All eyes will be on Benteke as he goes on to make his debut in the LFC colours against HJK Helsinki on 1 August. The striker notched up 49 goals in a total of 101 games for Villa in his career.

And judging by an Opta stat, there's more to come from the Belgian: "Since his debut, only Aguero (55), Suarez (53) and van Persie (44) have scored more PL goals than Christian Benteke (42). Calibre."

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