Report: Jurgen Klopp intent on selling this Liverpool flop as part of summer overhaul

Klopp is reportedly aiming to sell Christian Benteke in the summer to prepare for at least six new signings.

There are set to be sweeping changes at Anfield this summer, with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp determined to sell expensive signing Christian Benteke in order to help fund at least half a dozen signings, according to the Sun.

Belgian international Benteke became the second most costly player in Reds history when he was signed by Klopp's predecessor Brendan Rodgers from Aston Villa for £32.5 million last summer, but he has failed to set Merseyside alight since his move.

The 25-year-old scored 49 goals in 101 games in three years at Villa, but has hit the net just seven times in 31 appearances in all competitions in his debut season for Liverpool.

He has shown flashes of ability this campaign, such as scoring a stunning acrobatic volley in the 3-1 defeat to Manchester United in September and netting back-to-back winners against Leicester City and Sunderland in December.

However, he appears to have fallen behind a fit-again Daniel Sturridge, Roberto Firmino and Divock Origi in the attacking pecking order in recent weeks, and he has not appeared since coming on as a late substitute in the 6-0 mauling of his former club on Valentine's Day.

Now, the Sun is reporting that Liverpool will attempt to cut their losses in the summer, with Klopp hoping to recoup some of the lucrative fee for the misfit in order to start putting his own stamp on the squad in the transfer window.

The report also claims that Simon Mignolet's future could be at risk with the former Borussia Dortmund manager concerned by the goalkeeper's inconsistency, whilst full-back Jon Flanagan will be offered a new contract.

It is thought that the Reds could let over half a dozen players go in the summer, with a similar amount of new signings being brought in as the club look to gear up for a potential title challenge in Klopp's first full season in charge.

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