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Striker bid turned down

2 Jul

Liverpool have rejected a £25million bid for Christian Benteke from Crystal Palace as they are after more money for the striker.

Liverpool: Striker bid turned downLiverpool: Striker bid turned down

The Reds are looking to recoup most of the £32.5million they paid for the Belgium international just less than 12 months ago and are after £30million plus add-ons for the 25-year-old, who looks to have no future under Jurgen Klopp.

Benteke was the signing Klopp’s predecessor Brendan Rodgers pushed for last summer but, after scoring seven goals in his first nine appearances, he managed just three in his last 23 matches.

The big striker fell out of favour at Anfield and even compatriot Divock Origi, aged 21 and in his first season in English football, was selected ahead of him as he struggled to meet the demands of Klopp’s pressing game.

With Danny Ings back to full fitness after a cruciate knee ligament operation, Benteke is even further down the pecking order with Daniel Sturridge, Origi, Ings and even attacking midfielder Roberto Firmino ahead of him in terms of selection.

Benteke, whose European Championships were ended by Wales on Friday night, will have extended summer leave while those players not involved in Euro 2016 or the Copa America return for pre-season training for Liverpool this week but his long-term future appears to be away from Anfield.

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