Christian Benteke says he and other Liverpool players want clarity over their future

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The out-of-favour Liverpool striker says he and some of his teammates want to know from Jurgen Klopp whether they have a future at Anfield.

It has been a frustrating first season at Liverpool for Christian Benteke, and the striker has told the Daily Mail that he, along with several of his teammates, want confirmation from Jurgen Klopp of what their future at Anfield would hold.

The Belgian only joined the Reds last summer in a mammoth £32.5 million deal from Aston Villa, becoming the second most expensive player in the club's history.

However, after scoring 49 goals in 101 games as the star of the show at Villa Park, he has found life much more difficult on Merseyside and has generally found himself behind Daniel Sturridge, Roberto Firmino, and Divock Origi when those three players have been fit, with Danny Ings to return to increase the competition this summer.

Benteke scored 10 goals in 42 appearances for the club in all competitions this season and has netted nine times in the Premier League despite making just 14 league starts.

Reports have suggested that the 25-year-old is in line to be one of the first players moved on by Klopp this summer, and the striker has said that he and several other fringe players are keen to find out from the German boss where they stands for next season, particularly with Liverpool playing a reduced number of games due to lack of European competition.

Benteke told the Daily Mail: "It was tough but I knew Liverpool was a massive club with a lot of pressure, with a lot of good players and it wasn't easy but I keep going. I signed for five years, I didn't sign for one year but now I have to speak with the manager and see his plan for next season.

"What gets said is between him and me but I want to see his plan for next season. I am not the only one who is going to do that.

"I think a lot of players want to know what is going to happen next season. We are only going to play one game a week so it is going to be tough."

Benteke did not play a single minute of football between 20 March and 28 April, but following Origi's injury he was reintroduced to action - albeit still mainly as a substitute - in the final weeks of the season.

However, it may not be too cynical to suggest that the primary reason for his late-season involvement was to thrust him into the shop window as the club prepare to attempt to recoup some of the considerable fee they splashed out on the Belgian international.

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