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Klopp not letting Benteke leave on the cheap

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says that striker Christian Benteke will only be allowed to leave the club if they receive a proper bid for him.

Benteke, 25, arrived to Anfield last summer from Aston Villa for £32.5 million. He ended up scoring 10 goals in 42 appearances in all competitions, but often found himself starting on the bench most of the time after Klopp took over from Brendan Rodgers in October of last year.

The Belgian international has been linked with several other Premier League clubs, including Crystal Palace and West Ham, but Klopp is adamant that he will only leave if they receive a good enough offer.

“Christian already said it maybe makes sense for him to go to another club and that’s the situation at this moment,” Klopp said. “Christian is still a great striker and that’s how it is, but we have a few more strikers and in this moment it makes more sense to give them match time and that is what we did.

“If there are clubs that want a striker from us they have to make real offers and are not hoping for anything else, otherwise we will find solutions.

“If there is a need on the other side then go for it – but not as a present. That’s how transfers are. A few clubs try to gamble but we are not part of the gambling side. We are serious people, and if there is an offer we will think about it.

“We will see what happens but at the end if someone wants a player from us he has to pay as we have only good players.”

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