Benteke will win Golden Boot

Formerly prolific forward Darren Bent has waxed lyrical over the man who stole his place at Aston Villa, Christian Benteke.

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Bent remains Villa’s record signing, but when Benteke arrived from Belgium in 2012, the ex-England international struggled to get into the side. In fact – since that summer, Bent scored just three Premier League goals for the club in total, finally leaving on a permanent deal this summer to join Derby County.

But Bent has no hard feelings towards his former colleague, and reckons our £32.5m summer signing is going to take the Premier League by storm this season.

“I think Benteke will be really, really good [at Liverpool]. I reckon he could be the Premier League’s top scorer,” Bent told talkSPORT.

“He did really well at Villa and he’s gone to Liverpool, which is a massive club. If he can stay fit he can score 20-plus goals quite comfortably this season.”

The glowing endorsement certainly fills us Reds with hope with the season opener just days away.

Benteke gave us a hint of what he’s capable of by bludgeoning in a stunning volley against Swindon in last weekend’s friendly, and the goal will likely earn him a starting spot versus Stoke.

A debut season Golden Boot will certainly silence all the doubters who’ve suggested the 24-year-old Belgian is overpriced, and we can only hope he does register the 20-plus goals Bent mentions.

Huge pressure is on Benteke’s shoulders, but he has the ability to handle it.