Liverpool striker Christian Benteke was expected to be signing for Crystal Palace this week for £30 million, and had even agreed personal terms with the London club according to the Mirror.
But that is not the case according to his agent Kismet Eris who says there is “nothing in” the reports that the Belgium striker is on the brink of leaving Liverpool.
Eris, who was Benteke’s intermediary in the £32.5m deal that took him to Anfield last summer, insists his client wants to stay at the Reds and fight for his place this season.
The question is why would Benteke want to stay at Liverpool? He has struggled to nail down a first-team place since Klopp’s arrival, starting just 14 Premier League games last season, and scoring 10 goals in all competitions.
Back in March he said that he was finding life difficult under Klopp because he “ignores” him, and then in June he admitted that he might have to consider his future and it would “be difficult to stay” if he was not in Klopp’s plans.
This sounds like a negotiating tactic by Benteke’s team. It is clear from Klopp’s actions that he does not fancy Benteke as a player. He just doesn’t fit Klopp’s style of player. But then, he didn’t fit Brendan Rodgers style of play either, which begs the question, “who signed him for Liverpool and why?”
Do you think that when the transfer window closes that Christian Benteke will still be a Liverpool player, or will he start the season at another Premier League side like Palace?
If he is sold, is £30 million a good price for him?