Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has surprisingly denied the club's interest in Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke, reports the London Evening Standard.
Numerous reports claim that the Reds are closing in on the signature of the Belgian international, with the likes of the BBC Sport suggesting the forward's set to have a medical with the club imminently.
Rodgers, though, after watching his side secure a comfortable 2-0 victory over Adelaide United earlier today, has insisted that he's not aware of any deal for the hitman.
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In fact, the Liverpool boss reacted rather strangely when asked about the prospect of Benteke signing for the club, as he twice told the reporter that he didn't know what she was talking about.
When asked where the club were up to on the Benteke negotiations, Rodgers responded by saying: "Er, I don't know what you're talking about."
Rodgers' reaction, though, didn't stop the reporter questioning him again on the Aston Villa man, but the Liverpool chief once again rejected the claims, stating: "No, I don't know what you're talking about."
Liverpool in need
There's no doubt about it, with the transfer seemingly almost complete, Rodgers' response to the Benteke question may well confuse fans, who will be hoping the club improve in attack after last season's struggles.
Ultimately, after selling Luis Suarez, the duo of Rickie Lambert and Mario Balotelli, who arrived at Anfield, failed to produce the goods for the club, while England international Daniel Sturridge struggled on the injury scene.
With the signings of Roberto Firmino and Danny Ings, and the presence of Divock Origi, the Reds will no doubt improve going forward next season, but they appear to be in need of one more big name.
Benteke is a risk
Benteke, then, despite Rodgers' claims, may well be that man, but it's certainly a risk. Ultimately, the Belgian ace won't arrive at Anfield on the cheap, and Rodgers can't afford for another big name signing to flop.
The Villa man will no doubt change the way Liverpool play when he's on the Anfield turf. He's most certainly at his best when crosses come into the box, so the Reds' wide-men will have to be at their creative best to the forward firing.
There's no doubt about it, though, Benteke is a proven goalscorer in the Premier League, but he must now up his game even further, and deliver the goods week in, week out.
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