Benteke handed Liverpool No.9 shirt

The Belgian moved to Anfield from Aston Villa for a mammoth £32m and immediately repaid Brendan Rodgers' faith by scoring a sensational volley against Swindon Town
Brendan Rodgers has handed the iconic Liverpool No.9 shirt to Christian Benteke ahead of the new season.

The Belgian joined the Reds earlier this summer for £32 million from Aston Villa and looks set to lead the attack in their season opener away at Stoke.

Benteke made an instant impression on Sunday, scoring a wonderful volley from the edge of the area in a friendly win over Swindon Town.

And team-mate Kolo Toure paid tribute to the 24-year-old: "For Christian to score on his debut, it can give him the confidence to go on and have a great season."

Benteke follows in the footsteps of Robbie Fowler, Fernando Torres and Ian Rush as Reds players to wear the No.9 shirt.