Liverpool would be making a big mistake overlooking Christian Benteke

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Liverpool are said to be considering alternatives with Aston Villa's striker deemed too expensive, but he is perfect for them.

According to a report from the Telegraph, Liverpool have opted not to pay Christian Benteke’s £32.5million release-clause and will instead attempt to sign either Carlos Bacca from Sevilla or Fernando Llorente from Juventus.

But if the latest report is true, that would be a mistake on the part of Reds boss Brendan Rodgers whose summer signings to date have not exactly set the pulses racing.

James Milner is a fine addition on a free transfer, while Danny Ings adds some much-needed goals, but Joe Gomez is one for the future and Adam Bogdan is a back-up stopper at best, leaving Liverpool without the real additional quality they need to get back into the top four and challenge for silverware next season.

Benteke may be expensive, but the 24-year-old is well worth the additional outlay, with 49 goals in 101 matches for Aston Villa and his best years still ahead of him.

In contrast, Llorente has disappointed in Italy, netting just nine goals in 45 matches last season and even for a relatively cheap fee his signing would smack of the desire to save a few pennies rather than add the right player to Liverpool’s squad.

As for Bacca, he would not come cheap himself with a reported release-clause of £21.4million, and at 28 he is four years Benteke’s senior and a risk.

Yes Bacca scored 28 goals last season for Sevilla but he has no Premier League experience and what Liverpool need now are ready-made solutions.

Liverpool have the money, and after bringing in four players without much outlay at all, it is time to spend big.

A front-line of Benteke, Ings and Daniel Sturridge would promise goals from the outset and that is what Rodgers needs right now, with no time for another season like the last one.

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