Report: Out-of-favour Liverpool star turned down China move to fight for place

Christian Benteke is thought to have rejected a lucrative move to the Chinese Super League last month in order to try to save his Anfield career.

Liverpool's exiled striker Christian Benteke turned down the chance to join the list of star players making big-money moves to China in January as he wanted to stay and fight for his place, according to a report from the Sun.

The Belgian has not enjoyed a happy debut season on Merseyside since becoming Liverpool's second most expensive signing in history when he joined in a £32.5 million deal from Aston Villa last summer.

The 25-year-old has scored seven times in 31 appearances in his debut season at the club, but has started just 12 Premier League matches, with Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi and Roberto Firmino all currently ahead of him in the pecking order.

Reports yesterday suggested that Jurgen Klopp is already intent on selling the striker in the summer transfer window after failing to take a shine to the player.

However, according to the Sun, Benteke turned down the opportunity to make a quick and lucrative exit from Merseyside in the January transfer window when he rejected a move to China to join players such as Ramires, Jackson Martinez and Ezequiel Lavezzi in the Asian country.

However, the former Genk striker may be regretting his decision after failing to even make any sort of cameo appearance from the substitutes bench in the Europa League second leg against Augsburg and the Capital One Cup final defeat to Manchester City at Wembley on Sunday.

The striker, who netted 49 goals in 101 matches in his time at Villa Park, is yet to find the net in 2016.

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