Aston Villa are ready to fight to keep Christian Benteke this summer and will demand around €42 million for his services.
This has been reported by Goal.com, who claim that Liverpool want to bring the Belgian international to Merseyside in the upcoming window.
Liverpool, who have struggled in the attacking department this term under the guidance of Brendan Rodgers, look set to miss out on Champions League qualification for next season, and now appear to be ready to enter the market for reinforcements.
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It appears, then, that Reds chief Brendan Rodgers is a big admirer of Benteke, who has been in fine form of late.
In fact, since Tim Sherwood's arrival at Villa Park, the striker has found the back of the net on nine occasions in the last eight games. One of those goals, of course, came against Liverpool as the Villa knocked Brendan Rodgers' side out of the FA Cup earlier this month.
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There's no doubt about it, despite his early season struggles, Benteke is recognised as one of the top centre-forwards in England's elite division, but it remains to be seen as to whether the Reds' hierarchy step up their interest in the player anytime soon.
It certainly won't be easy for them to land the 24-year-old, with a number of other clubs seemingly interested in the striker's signature. As well as Liverpool, the same report has revealed that their Premier League rivals Manchester United and Tottenham have an interest in the player, so there could be quite the transfer battle on the horizon.
Liverpool in need
Ultimately, though, it's a signing that Liverpool are in desperate need of. In contrast to last season, when the Reds were playing free flowing football, Rodgers' side have failed to prove their credentials when on the attack.
Daniel Sturridge, who was brilliant in the 2013/14 season, has endured a nightmare campaign, failing to maintain his fitness, while the duo of Rickie Lambert and Mario Balotelli, who both arrived at the club last summer, haven't been able to produce the goods.
Of course, €42m for Benteke would be a huge price, but the Reds must make sure they improve in attack this summer. At the end of the day, the forward would dramatically improve the Anfield outfit as an attacking force, and would give them another wonderful option in the forward department. He may well be worth the risk for Rodgers and Co.
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