Report: Liverpool put off of a move for Christian Benteke

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Liverpool will not pay the full amount of Christian Benteke's buy-out clause according to a report.

The Independent has reported that Liverpool will not be pursing their interest in Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke.

The Belgian attacker is reported to have a £32.5 million release clause in his contract, which is thought to be more than Liverpool are prepared to part with in order to make a deal happen.

Liverpool will be active in the summer transfer market because last season demonstrated some shortcomings in their current squad.

The need for a new striker is obvious due to the injury problems, which have plagued Daniel Sturridge and the poor form of Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini.

Manager Brendan Rodgers would have been hoping that one of that trio would have been able to provide sufficient support as an alternative to Sturridge.

However, they all struggled and Rodgers now has his work cut out to find a player who can move the attacking shape and momentum of his side forward over the course of next year.

Villa don’t have to budge because there are other teams reportedly interested in Benteke and they will more than likely get the full amount of that release clause elsewhere.

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