“What he gives us is that threat in the box. When the ball comes in, he’s a striker in the area. There are other ways of doing it to keep the game alive. “When you have a 6ft 4 player like Christian he affects when the ball comes into the box and because of his physicality and his mobility it keeps the game alive that little bit longer.” The Reds, who face Arsenal on Monday night, have already shown more defensive steel this season by grinding out two single-goal successes over Stoke and Bournemouth. But Rodgers scotched the notion he wants to shift from his purist philosophy now Benteke is on his books. “There’s not a compromise,” he said. “I said at the beginning of the season we want the unpredictability to our game. My emphasis has always been about possession, but dangerous possession, and that is important to us. “Our conditions of our game won’t change but hopefully because of the different strikers it gives that unpredictability to our game.” However, Rodgers insists he has always strove to play a style of football that is pleasing on the eye and sees no reasons why Liverpool’s new number nine should change that. “I worry that we play good football,” he said. “I’ve always done that in my life – working with young players, working now at senior level as a manager with over 300-odd games – I’ve always worried about the football. “I’m not one that will go into every game and not worry about how we play and take a 1-0. You can do that at times but the nature of how I work on a daily basis, and how we work as a coaching staff, is based on the tactical idea of intelligent footballers, creative footballers with high energy, the ability to press the game and make it really difficult for opponents with and without the ball. “That notion hasn’t changed but as you evolve as a manager and a coach, you understand and recognise that at times there are different ways to win a game of football. When you have those types of players, that gives us a better way to win.” Rodgers also believes the new fulcrum of Liverpool’s attack can fit with his preferred ideology. “He can play football,” he added of Benteke. “His touch is good, his ability to bring players into the game – whether that’s with his feet or a little cushioned header – is a great skill. Press Association Last season the Reds, shorn of injured forward Daniel Sturridge for much of the campaign, often deployed winger Raheem Sterling or midfielder Steven Gerrard as an unorthodox figurehead up front. The £32.5million acquisition of Belgian striker Benteke this summer was intended to remedy that problem, but many questioned if it would force a rethink in their tactics too as they tried to play to the ex-Aston Villa man’s strengths. Brendan Rodgers has no plans to abandon his possession-based approach at Liverpool – even if Christian Benteke’s arrival has provided their attack with a different dimension.
Published on September 9, 2012 at 11:35 pm Contact Trevor: [email protected] | @TrevorHass Syracuse’s offense continues to roll.The Orange has scored four or more goals in three consecutive games after only doing so once last season.After scoring 20 goals in 2011, Syracuse has recorded 15 in the past three games and has pushed its overall tally to 19.Following a 6-0 pummeling of Colgate and a 4-0 win over NJIT, the Orange (5-1) continued its sizzling start to the season with a 5-0 win over St. Bonaventure on Sunday afternoon. While the Orange’s offense is scoring at a dizzying pace, the defense has locked down on nearly every opponent.“To go on the road and get two shutouts is great,” head coach Ian McIntyre said in a phone interview. “That’s the foundation of our team. They showed a willingness to put their body on the line.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMcIntyre says that St. Bonaventure was aggressive early on and kept the Orange in check to start the game.“It was closer than a 5-0 score line,” he said. “They came out and they frustrated us early on. We weathered that storm and then caught a couple of late goals. I’m very proud of the boys over the whole tournament.”Syracuse took a 1-0 lead in the 26th minute when Stefanos Stamoulacatos scored his first career goal off a pass from Louis Clark.Lars Muller pushed the margin to two in the 37th minute off a cross from Ted Cribley. Muller added a second goal less than three minutes later, this time off a pass from Stamoulacatos.Alex Bono posted his fourth shutout in six games for Syracuse, while Tony Asante scored his team-leading fifth goal. Ted Cribley pushed the lead to five with a goal in the 76th minute.SU travels to Las Vegas to face the University of Nevada Las Vegas and Cal State Fullerton in the UNLV Nike Invitational, which starts Friday night. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+