Christian Benteke’s future still remains clouded in doubt with it being unclear whether he’ll stay or go.
It would seem that reports on Monday claiming that Liverpool striker Christian Benteke is closing in on an exit from the club are way off the mark, that is as far as the striker’s agent Kismet Eris’ latest comments are concerned.
For the past few weeks Benteke has been linked with a move to Premier League side Crystal Palace, with reports yesterday suggesting he had agreed personal terms and that a move to the London club is set to be completed this week.
However, according to Sky Sports, Eris suggests there is “nothing in these” reports and reiterates that his client, who completed a £32.5 million move to Liverpool from Aston Villa last summer, still has four years left on the initial five year deal he signed with the club. Eris insists the Belgian is keen to stay at Anfield and fight for his place under manager Jürgen Klopp.
In the eyes of many a Liverpool fan, Benteke is a great striker who just doesn’t fit into Klopp’s system and the statistics can support that. The striker started just 14 league games under the German last season – very few of which were against the Premier League’s top clubs – and he managed just 10 goals in all competitions, which is a below-average return for a man who cost the club above thirty million quid.
Selling him seems to be a sensible decision, yet, with his agent rubbishing such talk for a second time in only a matter of weeks, it’s beginning to look like Reds fans who want the striker to be given a second chance will have their wish granted.
Benteke is one of the Liverpool players who were on duty for their country in Euro 2016 and is still due more time off before his return to his club side’s pre-season preparations, when matters of his future should hopefully be resolved.
If indeed the big Belgian does decide to stay it’ll be a great show of courage and self-belief and I’ll be the first to say, I hope he does better this time round.