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1 Jul 2016

Contact Made: Liverpool want £30m summer transfer for 'terrific' international attacker who's unhappy with Klopp

Last month, beleaguered Liverpool striker Christian Benteke warned that he'll quit Anfield this summer unless he's guaranteed more playing time under Jurgen Klopp, and it appears that the Reds are more than willing to let him leave...for the right price.

In mid-June, Benteke told reporters:

"When Klopp arrived, I wasn't in his plans [which] was frustrating. I'd like to stay if I remain in the coach's plans, but if that's not the case, it'll be difficult".

According to The Telegraph:

"Liverpool have told Crystal Palace to pay £30m for Benteke. Alan Pardew is interested in Benteke...who wants to stay and fight for his place".

In my view, Benteke is throwing his career away at Liverpool, and if he gets the chance, he should quit the club ASAP. As last season showed, he just isn't Klopp's type of player, and that's unlikely to change next season, especially with Sturridge, Origi, and Mane in the squad.

Additionally, with the reduced number of games, Benteke's chances of regular football will decrease even more, and unless he wants to spend another season warming the bench, leaving is his best option. At Palace, Benteke will be a big fish in a comparatively small pond, just as he was at Villa, and that will probably suit him better.

There's no point keeping an unhappy player at the club, and if Balotelli also returns this summer, there'll be two disaffected strikers at Anfield, and that may have a detrimental effect on overall squad morale.

If Palace are genuinely interested, Liverpool should just bite the bullet, accept the transfer mistake, and let Benteke go for a reduced fee (£25m, for example). It's obvious that Benteke is on the outs at Anfield, so why prolong the inevitable?

^ Described by Steven Gerrard as a 'terrific talent'.


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