Christian Benteke has been linked with a move away from Anfield
Speaking at Belgium’s news conference and as quoted by Belgian site DH.be, Christian Benteke has said he will consider leaving Liverpool this summer if he does not feature in manager Jürgen Klopp’s plans, and the former Aston Villa forward should consider joining Chelsea, West Ham United or perhaps Everton if he decides to leave Anfield.
Benteke has cut a much maligned figure since the arrival of Klopp at Anfield in October, featuring only intermittently in his debut season following a £32 million summer move from recently relegated Villa.
The Belgian forward has only made 14 starts this season under the former Dortmund boss, and he has struggled to establish himself at Liverpool.
Benteke has featured intermittently under Klopp
"At 25 years old, I'm neither old nor young but it's important to play," Benteke said. "I still have a contract at Liverpool and I'd like to stay there, if I remain in the coach's plans.
"If that's not the case, it will become difficult to stay. I'll think about if after the Euros."
Having found himself playing second fiddle to a now fully fit Daniel Sturridge and also to compatriot Divock Origi, who has experienced something of a renaissance under Klopp, Benteke should consider alternative options that will offer him first-team football.
And he should consider joining Chelsea, West Ham or perhaps Merseyside rivals Everton, who would also offer the Belgian more regular first-team opportunities.
Antonio Conte will take over at Chelsea after the Euros
Indeed, Chelsea have been discussed in relation to a move for the powerful Belgian forward, with Antonio Conte thought to be in the market for a new striker.
Diego Costa has looked a shadow of his former prolific self for much of the past season, exchanging his reputation for goal-scoring with pantomime play acting, and the Spain-snubbed striker has been linked by the Daily Star with a move back to Atletico Madrid.
Should the opportunity arise, Benteke could slot in well to a new look Chelsea side.
Likewise, West Ham could also prove to be a good fit for the striker.
Could Benteke line up alongside Dimitri Payet next season?
With the allure of European football already secured, the Hammers are thought to be fervently seeking out new talent up front, with joint chairman David Sullivan recently confirming on the club's website that West Ham have made five bids in the past week for players.
And with a forward said to be top of their priorities, Benteke could be the perfect solution, providing the prowess and physique essential for the Premier League in the manner of Andy Carroll, as well as providing the flair and awareness that could work so well with French revelation Dimitri Payet.
Ronald Koeman was recently appointed as Everton's new manager
Alternatively, Benteke should not turn a blind eye to Ronald Koeman’s Everton. The Dutch coach, who was appointed this week, will face the tough task of keeping his key players together, with Romelu Lukaku the most likely to seek pastures knew.
And should Benteke’s Belgian strike partner decide to leave Goodison Park, the Liverpool man could well be a ready-made replacement.
Regardless of where Benteke ends up next season, the Belgian did state that he will not be considering his future until after this summer's tournament in France.
But if Klopp does give him the cold shoulder, it is safe to say that he will have many potential suitors waiting in the wings.