Liverpool legend Ian Rush has revealed that he was excited after the Reds signed Christian Benteke and believes the striker could be the difference between the sixth and the fourth place finish.

The Belgium international arrived at Anfield from Aston Villa after the Merseyside club met his £32.5m ($51m) release clause. The 24-year-old scored in his second match against AFC Bournemouth as Liverpool sealed a 1-0 win. It was his first game at Anfield and he scored on his home debut and came close to adding a second goal to his tally which was denied by the woodwork.

Rush, who knows a thing or two about scoring in Red having netted a club record 346 times in two spells at the club between 1980 and 1996, has hailed Liverpool hierarchy to land Benteke.

The Anfield legend who won five League titles, three the FA Cups, five the League Cups and two European Cups with Liverpool in his 660 matches, told 888Sport.com, “It’s very early doors, but I was very excited when we signed him. Benteke could be the difference between sixth and fourth and top four is a realistic target we have to be aiming at.”

Sturridge is on the sidelines after he underwent a hip surgery and the Liverpool Echo has claimed that the player will return to training next week. Rush further stressed that the former Chelsea man and Benteke can play each other as the Anfield outfit “are missing the services of the England striker”.

“When you have Sturridge coming back from injury and you have the option of Danny Ings – who has done well – I feel there is something there,” the former Reds striker said.

“Can he play with Benteke? I think all great players can play with anyone. If you’re a good player – as Benteke is and Sturridge is – then you make a way to play with each other. You adapt to whatever is needed.”

“Any club would miss a fully fit Daniel Sturridge. At the moment, we’re keeping clean sheets and only winning by the odd goal. We just have to keep things tight at the back and he will give us that extra firepower,” Rush concluded.