Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has suggested that Christian Benteke’s future does not lie at Anfield for the coming season.
Benteke, 25, admitted that he might be forced to find another club if Klopp does not want to use him as first-choice striker and the German manager’s latest comments have hinted that the £32.5 million signing from Aston Villa will not play much of a part this season.
“Everyone knows about it. Christian has already said maybe it makes sense to go to another club,” Klopp told a news conference. “Christian is still a great striker. We have a few more strikers and I think it makes more sense to give them match time.
“But if there are clubs that want a real striker than they have to make real offers — otherwise we will find solutions.
“A few clubs try to gamble — we are not part of this, we are serious. It’s all about the team. It’s quite difficult. A few players only have 10 days training.”
Klopp is also happy with his options for the Premier League campaign, insisting that he has no major plans to add to his squad.
“The final word is 31st August,” he added. “Until then you have to be ready to do something on the selling side or the buying side. But I’m fine. The squad is good.
“But the centre-half situation. We have two, three. Joel Matip is okay. We hope he can play one game at the weekend.
“We have to see what happens with injuries, you have to be ready to find a solution. Maybe one or two things can happen.”