Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood has hinted that he believes Liverpool got a bargain when they signed Christian Benteke for £32.5 million this summer.
The Belgium striker was the star performer in Sherwood’s Villa side during the second-half of last season and despite the former Tottenham manager’s best efforts he completed a big money move to Merseyside.
Sherwood on Benteke's deal
With Villa set to take on Liverpool today - Benteke won’t feature due to injury - Sherwood was fielded questions on the aforesaid deal during his pre-match press conference. For his part, he believes his club might have been short-changed.
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"When the phones were in the wall I was pulling them all out hoping that 0151 call wouldn't come," Sherwood said, according to the Daily Star.
"But I couldn't do it in time and they got through to the chief exec and the people who make decisions at the club.
"It was taken out of our hands. It was something everyone expected because he is top drawer.
"We would have liked to have kept him. We valued him at a lot more than that but the clause was in there for a reason and Liverpool matched it.
Benteke at Liverpool
Of course, Reds fans might yet have the jury out regarding Benteke’s purchase, with the 24-year-old only having managed two goals in six appearances since his switch to Anfield.
With morale currently fairly low at Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers might well consider tinkering with his front-line, although Benteke’s injury problems mean that he’ll be out for the foreseeable future anyway.
In any case, he looks to be a good purchase, particularly with the future in mind. The big forward might not have found his form at Liverpool just yet, and will inevitably face stern competition from the likes of Danny Ings and Daniel Sturridge when all three are available at the same time, but he showcased last season just what he can do when on-song.
That said, £32.5m is a lot to pay for a striker who has proven himself inconsistent in the past. His arrival represents positive thinking from Rodgers, but Liverpool would have been daft to pay any more for his services than they did.
Liverpool fans, is Benteke worth more than £32.5m? Let us know what you think of the Belgian’s arrival in the comments box below.