Tim Sherwood explains why he thinks Benteke will stay at Aston Villa

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The former Tottenham manager thinks there are already plenty of forwards at Liverpool.

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has told the Mail that he thinks Christian Benteke is likely to remain at Villa Park next season, suggesting to the media that he thinks reported suitors Liverpool have more than enough strikers at Anfield already.

"I think Liverpool have shown an interest but there’s not been a bid worth considering," Sherwood is quoted as saying by the Mail. "They’ve got six or seven strikers themselves at the moment - they’ ve just taken two new ones in as well!

"They’ve got Divock Origi back, they’ve got Danny Ings, the Brazilian boy Roberto Firmino for £29m – they’ve got a few options there."

The Belgian forward was in explosive form in the last few months of the season just gone, and the Reds have been linked with paying his reported release clause of £32.5 million.

Who do Liverpool already have at the club?

As the Villa boss says, Liverpool do have plenty of strikers on their books already, with none having departed the club since the transfer window opened.

Alongside Daniel Sturridge, the club's only established forward that has performed at Anfield to some degree, are last summer's signings Rickie Lambert and Mario Balotelli, international forwards that will be on decent salaries and yet have failed to perform. There is also Fabio Borini, another player who has struggled since moving to the club. 

That in itself is a strike force of four forwards, enough for many clubs, but the Reds also have  the three new arrivals Sherwood mentioned, making a total of seven strikers.

If Benteke were to join, it would likely be for the largest fee that it cost to recruit any of those players, so the expectation would be that the club would sell several attackers.

Until Liverpool start to make room for further attacking players, Sherwood may just be hoping Brendan Rodgers settles with what he has.

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