Liverpool sold the Belgian misfit for £27 million to Crystal Palace in the summer transfer window, but as it turns out, Benteke rejected a chance to move to China in a move that would’ve seen Liverpool make a £12.5 million profit.
You have to understand Benteke’s reasoning. The former Aston Villa hero is at the peak of his abilities and a move to China’s Super League would be a huge step-down. Unlike Graziano Pelle, Benteke isn’t motivated by money and is clearly looking to continue a career at the highest level in the Premier League.
Benteke was clearly unsuited to the style of play that Liverpool employ, even while Brendan Rodgers was in charge. He was very much a panic buy and the £32.5 million paid is almost a carbon copy of the deal done for Andy Carroll in 2011 where £35 million was shelled out.
At least he’s left us with some good moments: