Report: Benteke ready to fight for Liverpool place next season

Liverpool's Mamadou Sakho, Christian Benteke and Emre Can in the stands

The Belgian is expected to leave Liverpool, but so far an exit has not been secured.

Christian Benteke celebrates scoring the first goal for Liverpool

According to the Daily Mail, Christian Benteke is happy to stay at Liverpool and fight for his place if they fail to sell him.

The Belgian endured a tough first year at the club last season following a big money move from Aston Villa.

He is expected to leave Anfield this summer, having failed to impress Jurgen Klopp since the German took charge back in October.

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp with Christian Benteke

Crystal Palace and West Ham United are both allegedly keen on a move for him this summer, but have so far failed to agree a deal.

They have been put off by Liverpool’s asking price, with the Reds keen to recoup as much of the £32.5 million they paid Villa for him last season.

Liverpool's asking price, plus Benteke’s huge wages, are making it difficult for either club to stretch their budgets and bring him on board.

Watford's Ben Watson in action with Liverpool's Joe Allen and Christian Benteke

As a result he could yet stay at Liverpool according to the Daily Mail, and should that happen then he is thought to be happy to stay and fight for his place under Klopp.

Whether he could do that though is debatable, with Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi and now Danny Ings all ahead of him in the pecking order.

Christian Benteke celebrates scoring the first goal for Liverpool

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