Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has done some smart business in his first summer transfer window in England. He has let go of a number of players but has added some quality players to help his side mount a challenge for the top-4 places or maybe even the title come to the end of the next season.
However, he will still be selling a number of players away who do not suit his style of play and one such player who will not stay at Anfield next season is Christian Benteke.
The big Belgian was one of the top goal scorers for Liverpool even in the limited chances he got last season but he was often criticised for his lack of movement in the final third, something Klopp’s teams need all game long.
Though the 25-year old is a perfect fit for the Premier League, Liverpool are not really able to utilise him to the best and it is better for all parties for the striker to head out of Merseyside this summer.
The likes of West Ham United and Atletico Madrid were linked with a move for the 25-year old along with Crystal Palace but it is now understood that Alan Pardew’s side will make a final approach for the player to take him away from Anfield this summer.
The Belgian has revealed recently that he is open to staying at Anfield and fighting for his place but Liverpool are ready to off-load him if their valuation of £30 million is met by any of the clubs interested in him.
The former Aston Villa man came to Liverpool on a £32.5 million deal and Liverpool wants to recoup as much amount as they can from potential suitors.
Crystal Palace have already made an official bid for £25m but the Anfield outfit are not ready to sell the player on a such a huge loss after just a single season.
However, it is now understood that Alan Pardew is ready to meet Liverpool’s valuation and will bring Benteke to the Selhurst Park before the start of the next season.
No official bid is registered yet but it is understood that it is now up to the player to decide on whether he wants to leave Liverpool in search of game-time or if he wants to fight for his place at Anfield.
This story might find its climax before the end of the week. Do you think Benteke should stay at Liverpool next season?