Dean Sturridge is positive that Christian Benteke will leave Liverpool at the end of the season.
The former Derby County striker is the uncle of Daniel Sturridge, so may by privy to some inside information, and he cannot see the Belgian staying at Anfield beyond the summer.
“I can’t see Benteke staying at Liverpool,” Sturridge said on Sunday as he commentated on our 1-1 Premier League draw against West Bromwich Albion for US network NBC. “He will get his move next season. He doesn’t seem to fit into what the manager wants from his strikers.”
Whether Dean has spoken to his nephew about the future of the disappointing £32.5m record signing, or whether he is merely speculating as a pundit, only the Sturridge clan will know.
But it does add extra credence to the Benteke exit rumours, and it would not surprise anybody if the 25-year-old were to depart in the transfer window after how the season has transpired.
Benteke has scored 10 goals in 41 games for us, although 20 of those appearances have been as a substitute, as he has featured less prominently since Jurgen Klopp’s appointment.
Klopp has preferred more agile and hard-working strikers such as Divock Origi to lead the line, with Benteke largely playing only when we have rotated to rest more important personnel.
West Ham United were recently linked with an interest in the target man, and it seems likely at this stage that we would cut our losses on him should an appropriate offer come in this summer.
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