Liverpool media round-up: Benteke to try and force move, Ings compensation update

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A selection of the latest stories in the media involving Liverpool Football Club this Tuesday morning.

Liverpool are likely to see developments in their pursuit of Aston Villa forward Christian Benteke this week with the Belgian expected to tell his club that he wants to leave Villa Park when he holds talks with the club on Wednesday, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Benteke, however, is reluctant to hand in a transfer request but Villa seem to remain insistent that the forward will only leave if the release clause of £32.5 million is triggered.

There is still one issue outstanding when it comes to Danny Ings - the forward signed from Burnley after his contract expired at Turf Moor this summer.

Given the forward is under 23, the Reds need to pay a compensation fee, but the Guardian is one of several sources who say the fee is more than likely to set by a tribunal - with Burnley reportedly wanting double the £5 million that Liverpool are prepared to pay.

They also picked up on an interview that new signing James Milner gave to the Liverpool website, which seems to indicate what role he will be given in the Reds starting XI this season.

"I want to play football and play more centrally if I can – and that’s where the manager said he sees me playing. That’s a big thing for me coming to the later stages of my career."

Finally, it has been reported that Raheem Sterling is the most valuable young player in Europe according to the Soccerex under-21 rankings, as reported in the Daily Mail, which value the 20-year-old at £34.5 million.

Sterling is expected to leave Liverpool this summer after refusing to sign a new contract at Anfield, with Manchester City said to be interested. They have already had two bids rejected, and are likely to have to pay close to £50 million to secure Sterling's signature.

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