Aston Villa manager Remi Garde says that his team will have to be “careful and aware” of Christian Benteke when he come up against his former club on Sunday.
Benteke has struggled at Liverpool since his £32.5million summer move from Villa, scoring just seven goals in 30 appearances.
The Belgian striker scored 49 goals in 101 outings during a three-year spell at Villa and helped save them from relegation last season.
But despite Benteke’s struggles for his new club, Garde insisted he will be a danger when returning to his former club this weekend.
Garde said: “I know he is a tremendous goalscorer. He has been in this position last season and probably helped Aston Villa a lot to be safe.
“When you play for a new team it is always difficult to settle in. I just know that he’s threatening players if he is playing, anywhere and anyhow, whether he’s been playing well or not in previous weeks.
“I know that when you’re back at the club you played for for a long time it’s something special for players. We will have to be careful and aware of about him.”
Liverpool are currently ninth in the Barclays Premier League, whilst Villa are bottom and eight points from safety despite last week’s 2-0 win over Norwich.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has won 12 of his 29 games in charge at Anfield and Garde admits that they will be a “difficult” opposition.
He added: “I’m not too comfortable with teams that are not in a good mood because they will wake up, especially a club like that; especially a team with threatening players up front.
“They have the choice, they have the quality and they have the quantity up front.
“We know that it is going to be difficult. It’s up to us to leave them in the mood that they are in the moment.”