Former Tottenham Hotspur and Scotland striker Alan Brazil suggested on his breakfast show for talkSPORT that reports of Liverpool going off of a move for Christian Benteke are related to how the club currently views Brendan Rodgers.
The Independent has reported that Liverpool are thought to be against playing the £32.5 million fee which reportedly represents the buy-out clause in Benteke’s contract with Aston Villa.
“Looking at that (reports of Liverpool baulking over price), I just wonder if that’s a sign of a restriction on Brendan from above,” he said.
Last season showed that there is a real need for Liverpool to press on in the transfer market this summer and go after a calibre of player who can not only take some of the pressure away from Daniel Sturridge, but also compliment him in the way Luis Suarez did when he was at the club.
Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini were not able to step up and take their chances last season, which has left Rodgers in a difficult position.
If there is doubt over whether he is the best placed man to spend Liverpool’s money, he’s got a real battle on his hands to get a large enough budget to go after another striker, with one or two exits supplementing any deal.
The officials at the club may feel that Rodgers was backed last summer over a £16 million deal for Balotelli and therefore has a responsibility to try and get more out of the Italian than he’s already given to the club.
It may also be a sign that Liverpool are thinking beyond Rodgers, but until the next transfer window opens on July 1, it’s all just speculation.