Analysing Liverpool’s reported interest in Real Madrid star Karim Benzema

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Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has been linked with a January move to Liverpool, but is the transfer feasible?

Karim Benzema may have signed a new contract with Real Madrid only in August, but recent media reports claim that Liverpool could snap him up in the January transfer window.

The theory is that the France international striker is not happy at Madrid and could be convinced to leave the Santiago Bernabeu.

Benzema was happy just two months ago when he signed a new five-year contract until June 2019, but what has happened since then that has prompted him to be dissatisfied at the world’s biggest club?

Is it because of the role he is currently playing in the starting line-up? Is it because of the competition he faces from Javier Hernandez? Or maybe he is frustrated that a section of the Madrid fans have still not warmed up to him?

Whatever the reason might be, it has allegedly alerted Liverpool, who could be making a move for the striker who joined Madrid from Lyon in the summer of 2009 for a reported transfer fee of €35 million.

It sounds all so simple and easy, only it is as illogical as it gets when it comes to transfer speculation.

First of all, Benzema has given no public indication that he is unhappy at Madrid and all speculation at the moment is just that – speculation.

The Frenchman’s role in Carlo Ancelotti's team has not changed as he is very much an integral part of the ‘BBC’ (Gareth Bale-Karim Benzema-Cristiano Ronaldo) combination in attack.

Benzema has scored just one goal in La Liga so far this season and has been criticised by the fans, but he has come under attack from the Madrid supporters before yet committed his long-term future despite (reported) interest from Arsenal among other clubs in the summer transfer window.

One also needs to ask the question: why would Benzema leave Madrid for Liverpool? In the Spanish capital, the only genuine competition he faces for a place in the line-up is from Hernandez.

The Mexico international striker joined the 10-time European champions from Manchester United on a season-long loan deal on transfer deadline day.

Although the 26-year-old has scored twice in the league, he has yet to start a match and has been signed as a back-up for Benzema – not to replace him either now or in the long term.

If Benzema were to move to Liverpool in January, he would face much stiffer competition. Daniel Sturridge remains the Reds’ number one striker (although he is injured at the moment), Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert arrived only in the summer, and Fabio Borini is still part of Brendan Rodgers's squad.

Surely this is not a proposition that would appeal to Benzema, and surely Liverpool manager Rodgers will not look for yet another striker in January and make his squad unbalanced?

Then factor in the fact that Benzema is a Florentino Perez favourite. The Real Madrid president made the 26-year-old striker one of his first signings when he returned to the club in 2009 and sold Gonzalo Higuain in the summer of 2013 to make sure that the former Lyon man is well looked after in the team.

Moreover, why will Madrid sell Benzema in the middle of the season without having a top-class striker lined up? If Los Blancos do decide to move him on, where will they get someone to replace him?

Logically there is no way that Benzema will be transferred from Madrid to Liverpool in January, but football does not always follow logic, does it?

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