London - Liverpool announced the signing of Belgium striker Christian Benteke from Aston Villa on Wednesday in a deal reportedly worth £32.5 million.
The 24-year-old signed a "long-term contract", the club said, having met the release clause in his Villa contract and making him the second-most expensive purchase in Liverpool's history.
Benteke is Liverpool's seventh summer signing, taking their spending well over the 80 million-pound mark, though the sale of Raheem Sterling to Manchester City yielded 49 million pounds.
Benteke, who scored 49 goals in 101 matches for Villa, said he'd been impressed by the plans of manager Brendan Rodgers.
"I think there are quality players, a lot of good players with big names of course," Benteke told Liverpool's website.
"I'm happy to be part of this team and will try to help this team reach its goals. I came here to win trophies. I came here to reach some great goals with the team."