Liverpool plan to leave Christian Benteke out of Europa League squad for Bordeaux clash

Brendan Rodgers is planning to take the brave step to leave Christian Benteke out of the squad that travels to Bordeaux for the opening clash of their Europa League campaign, the Daily Mirror report. The Belgian is being left behind to ensure that he remains fit for the upcoming Premier League game with Norwich City this weekend (via Mirror). The Mirror suggest that Divock Origi – who has plenty of experience coming up against Ligue 1 sides – is likely to be awarded his first start since his move to the…

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Liverpool legend backs £32.5m man Christian Benteke to be a bargain signing

Liverpool legend Ian Rush believes that the £32.5m that the Reds spent on Christian Benteke will prove to be money well spent, according to the Daily Star. “I’m really happy that they have signed him. I think they needed someone like that,” he said. Rush – who is the Merseyside outfit’s all-time leading goalscorer in all competitions with 346 strikes over two spells – believes that the Belgian brings a versatility that will allow his former side to change their style (via Star). “Benteke gives Liverpool a different option and…

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Top five overpriced summer transfers: Man United, Man City and Liverpool all overpaid for their new stars

The CIES Football Observatory have used their statistics and data to compile a list of the players who were bought for too much in comparison with their true value. Here is the top five, along with how overpriced they actually were (via Metro): 5. Arda Turan £11.1m (Atletico Madrid to Barcelona) The 28-year-old was a pivotal part of Diego Simeone’s side for four years, helping them win the La Liga title, and reach the Champions League final in 2014. Nevertheless, his £24m move to Barcelona (via Guardian) saw the Catalan giants pay £11.1m too…

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Liverpool striker Christian Benteke could miss Man United clash

Liverpool could be without star striker Christian Benteke for this weekend’s clash with Manchester United after picking up a knock whist on international duty with Belgium, the Daily Express reports. The 24-year-old was brought off at half-time of Belgium’s 1-0 win over Cyprus on Sunday night and replaced by fellow Liverpool forward Divock Origi, in what was initially thought to be a tactical change by manager Marc Wilmots. However, having only recently returned from a thigh strain, reports in the Liverpool Echo suggest that he may be struggling to be…

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Liverpool face nervous wait as Christian Benteke sustains thigh injury ahead of Man United clash

With a daunting trip to Old Trafford on the horizon, Liverpool face a nervous wait after the Daily Express reported that striker Christian Benteke has sustained a thigh injury while on international duty with Belgium. Ahead of the crunch qualifiers for Marc Wilmots’ side, the Express report that while he is unlikely to feature against Bosnia, he may well return for the game against Cyprus. The fact that the former Aston Villa man is likely to be back in action before returning to Melwood will give Brendan Rodgers a major…

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Arsenal vs Liverpool – Premier League preview and team news

Arsenal recovered from their opening day setback with a creditable win last time out, and they now come up against a Liverpool side that boasts a 100% record after two matches. There was pressure on the Gunners as they took to the field for their game against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, a week after slipping to an unexpected loss at home to another London side, West Ham United, but they handled it well. A fine effort from Olivier Giroud put them ahead as they started quickly and constantly looked…

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Stoke vs Liverpool Premier League preview: Reds look to avenge last day drubbing

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Liverpool begin the new season where they ended the last, but will hope to fare rather better this time at the Britannia Stadium after their 6-1 humiliation back in May. It looks like it is going to be another great season. Check out the latest Premier League odds and make your predictions. It was a result that said as much about the progress Stoke have made as how shambolic Liverpool’s showing was. The home side achieved their highest Premier League points tally last term and are showing a real ambition to break into the…

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Liverpool owner tells Brendan Rodgers improvements are needed after £80m spending spree

Liverpool chairman Tom Werner has told Brendan Rodgers that he expects to see results on the pitch improve this season after laying out £80m on new players this summer, according to the Metro. The Reds have been one of the Premier League’s most active clubs in the transfer window so far bringing in seven players, two of whom – Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino – cost a combined total of £62m (via the Metro). The flurry of activity was in response to the lacklustre season the club endured last term,…

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Liverpool hand Christian Benteke the number nine shirt

Liverpool have confirmed new striker Christian Benteke as their new number nine as Rickie Lambert draws closer to a move to West Bromwich Albion, according to the Liverpool Echo. The Belgian international completed his move from Aston Villa last week, but a shirt number wasn’t then handed to him. And the Echo believe that is because The Reds were waiting for Lambert to decide whether he wanted to move on or stay to fight for a place despite increased competition for a starting berth this season. Lambert is currently undergoing…

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Analysis – Liverpool’s striking seven

Brendan Rodgers has focused most of his efforts in the transfer market this year towards adding depths of quality to his attack, appearing determined to avoid the prospect of fielding a starting XI without a recognised striker, as he was forced to do on several occasions last season where the club managed just 52 Premier League goals. He now has a sizeable pool of options to choose from, with seven vying for a place furthest up the pitch: There remains considerable doubt over the future of Mario Balotelli, who has done…

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Liverpool confirm £32.5m signing of Christian Benteke from Aston Villa

Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke has officially completed his £32.5m move to Liverpool after completing a medical, the Daily Express reports. The Express reports that the 24-year-old has signed a five-year deal and becomes the club’s second most expensive signing behind the £35m Andy Carroll (via BBC). The Express states that the Belgian international will now likely make his debut against Finnish side HJK Helsinki on August 1. After meeting Villa’s release clause, Benteke becomes Brendan Rodgers’ seventh signing of the summer, and was joined at the club’s Melwood training base…

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Liverpool gossip: Benteke deal to be confirmed, while £13.9m bid made for Real Madrid man

Here is Tuesday’s news and gossip concerning Liverpool: Christian Benteke is set to complete his £32.5m move to Liverpool later today, according to the Daily Express. The Belgian has already completed his medical with the Merseyside club. The Reds have made a £13.9m bid for Real Madrid midfielder Asier Illarramendi, according to the Metro. The 25-year-old has been told by Los Blancos’ new manager Rafael Benitez that he is free to leave this summer. However, it appears that they are set to miss out on completing an audacious bid for…

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Benteke to Liverpool – “I don’t know what you’re talking about” says Brendan Rodgers

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Reports this weekend broke claiming that Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke would be on his way to Liverpool for a medical on Monday morning, but the Reds boss has insisted that he doesn’t know a thing about it. Speaking after the club’s 2-0 victory over Adelaide United, the Reds boss was asked about his apparent interest in the Belgian international. Rodgers when asked about Benteke #LFC https://t.co/61bUZQ8CWt — Football Tips (@footballtips) July 20, 2015 “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said. When pushed further he reiterated again: “No…

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Liverpool gossip: World Cup winner linked, while striker set for medical

Here is Monday’s news and gossip concerning Liverpool: The Reds are planning an audacious bid for Bayern Munich star Mario Gotze, who reportedly wants to leave the Allianz Arena, according to the Metro. The World Cup winner is valued at £49.6m, which may tempt the Merseyside outfit as they received £49m for Raheem Sterling. Meanwhile, Christian Benteke will undergo his medical later this afternoon ahead of his move from Aston Villa, Sky Sports reports. The Belgian will move to Merseyside for £32.5m. Despite Benteke’s arrival, Brendan Rodgers remains keen on…

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Aston Villa open talks with Tottenham striker to replace Christian Benteke

Aston Villa have reportedly contacted Tottenham Hotspur with the view to opening talks about signing striker Emmanuel Adebayor, the Daily Mail reports. Manager Tim Sherwood, who famously squeezed 14 goals out of the Togolese international during his spell in charge at White Heart Lane, has identified him as the ideal man to replace the Belgian goal machine, who is expected to undergo a medical with Liverpool on Monday (via BBC). But there is a possible stumbling block in a deal that would see the 31-year-old head to Villa Park. Spurs…

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Is THIS Liverpool’s BEST starting XI next season: Benteke and Firmino to slot in well

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Liverpool have set the pace in the transfer market so far this summer. With news that Christian Benteke is set to become the latest new face to join the Reds manager Brendan Rodgers now has some serious options for how he can set up his side over the next nine months. Below, is what we feel will be Liverpool’s strongest starting XI for the 2015/16 season. GK: Simon Mignolet The Belgian recovered from an early season wobble to reaffirm his status as the club’s undisputed first choice goalkeeper. RB: Nathaniel…

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Liverpool agree £32.5m payment terms with Aston Villa for Christian Benteke

Liverpool have moved a step closer to agreeing a move for Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke after the two clubs agreed on a payment structure for his £32.5m release clause, according to the Daily Mirror. The Reds’ Managing Director Ian Ayre reportedly worked through the night all the way from Adelaide in order to meet Villa’s payment terms and putting the wheels in motion for the Belgian international to undergo a medical. Club doctor Andy Massey will now make his way back to the UK from Australia to oversee Benteke’s…

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Liverpool close in on Christian Benteke, and flop duo heading for exit

Brendan Rodgers looks set to receive a triple boost in the coming weeks, with the arrival of Christian Benteke and both the potential departures of Mario Balotelli and Fabio Borini. According to the Daily Star, the Reds are closing in on the £32.5m signing of the Aston Villa forward. However, the Star report that the negotiations between the two clubs will mean that he is unlikely to take part in any of their pre-season tour. The news has divided supporters of the Merseyside club. While the Belgian has become a proven…

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Liverpool news and gossip: Christian Benteke set for medical, while flop set for exit

Here is Saturday’s news and gossip concerning Liverpool: Christian Benteke will undergo a medical with Liverpool on Monday, according to the Daily Star. The Reds look to have beaten off competition from Manchester United for the Belgian, after they triggered his £32.5m release clause. Danny Ings has revealed that he is pleased that the club look set to secure the signing of the Aston Villa forward, the Daily Mail report. When asked if he had anything against the acquisition, given it may lessen his chances in the side, the former…

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Liverpool gossip: TWO release fees met as £54m DOUBLE swoop for Benteke and Pedro is on

Friday’s biggest Liverpool gossip and transfer rumours. Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke, 24, will not play in Friday’s friendly against Sporting Braga in Portugal with his £32.5m move to Liverpool set to be completed, the Daily Mirror reports. The money received from the Raheem Sterling deal has now funded the move for the Belgian international, though they may still have to fend off interest from Manchester United for his signature. Should Benteke join Liverpool, it would free up striker Rickie Lambert, 33, to leave Anfield for West Brom, the Daily…

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Reaction: NOBODY wants Benteke at Liverpool! Reds and Villa fans want him at United!

With the news breaking that Liverpool are set to meet Aston Villa’s valuation to sign Christian Benteke for £32.5m, it’s been great fun watching everybody meltdown over the impending deal. Liverpool fans don’t seem to want him, but the most surprising aspect of the story is that Villa fans, who have seemingly accepted his departure, would rather he go to Manchester United instead! Over the past three seasons, Benteke has fired Villa to safety by chalking up 42 goals in 88 Premier League appearances (49 in 100 in total), and…

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Liverpool gossip: Aston Villa man’s release clause triggered, but trio of strikers still linked

Here is Thursday’s news and gossip concerning Liverpool: The Reds are closing in on the signing of Aston Villa forward Christian Benteke, according to the Liverpool Echo. The club are finally prepared to trigger the Belgian’s £32.5m release clause, meaning the player will soon be able to discuss personal terms and undergo a medical. They will have to pay even more if they hope to lure Alexandre Lacazette to Anfield, the Independent report. The Lyon striker will be available for no less than £35m. The Reds are apparently in talks to…

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Liverpool to finally trigger Christian Benteke’s £32.5m release clause

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Liverpool look as though they may finally land Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke after all after Tony Barrett of The Times confirmed that they are prepared to meet there player’s £32.5m release clause. Christian Benteke looks set to leave Aston Villa with Liverpool ready to meet the forward's £32.5m exit clause. — Tony Barrett (@TonyBarretTimes) July 16, 2015 Taking to is personal Twitter account, he announced that the Reds would meet the Belgians massive buyout fee, just 24 hours after it initially emerged that Manchester United could beat the Reds…

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Manchester United gossip: Veteran keeper set for exit, but flop star urged to stay

Here is Thursday’s news and gossip concerning Manchester United: Victor Valdes looks set to leave the club during this window, after his relationship with Louis van Gaal publicly broke down, the Daily Mirror report. The manager accused the 33-year-old of refusing to play for the reserves, which prompted Valdes to respond with a tweet asking for respect. While Valdes’ United future looks bleak, van Gaal is keen to persuade Angel Di Maria to rebuild his reputation with the Premier League side, the Daily Star report. The winger has been attracting…

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Man United leading Liverpool in race to sign Christian Benteke

Manchester United are apparently leading the race to sign Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke, and could have him signed by the weekend, according to The Sun. The report claims that Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal will activate the Belgian international’s £32.5m release clause. Speculation over his future increased dramatically on Wednesday afternoon when he favourited a Tweet on his personal account from someone saying that he would be good backup for Wayne Rooney. However, he quickly deleted the evidence, but it follows a similar sequence of events that led…

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