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Christian Benteke is on the rise for jubilant Rodgers

By Andy Hampson

Christian Benteke was flying high after scoring a winning goal on his Liverpool debut against Bournemouth but it wasn't long before his feet were back on the ground.

The £32m signing from Aston Villa knew he would be under immediate pressure to justify his price tag.

And it's no secret that the Anfield hierarchy have been less then impressed with the strikers Brendan Rodgers has brought to Liverpool over the last few years.

Daniel Sturridge is an exception, but he's rarely on the pitch these days and, in his absence, Benkeke is will aware of where the responsibility lies.

The big Belgian was clearly delighted to get off the mark in front of the Kop on his home debut, grabbing the only goal of the game against a battling Bournemouth side. His manager was pretty pleased as well.

But personal glory wasn't dominating Benkeke's thoughts afterwards.

"I think it's a great debut for myself and the team but the main point tonight is the three points," he said.

"In my mind I just said 'keep going and you might be able to get to the ball'. I made the right decision and I'm happy."

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe predictably saw things differently.

"It's a clear offside and for that to be missed, with this new rule, it does leave a bit of a bitter taste," he said. "I would like to speak to the officials about this."

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