Christian Benteke has struggled under Klopp..

Christian Benteke to lead mass Liverpool exodus this summer

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Christian Benteke looks set to lead a significant exodus from Liverpool this summer with Jurgen Klopp hoping to revolutionise the squad, according to The Sun.

The Belgian striker became the second most expensive player in the club's history last summer, costing the Reds £32.5million to sign from Aston Villa. Only Andy Carrol cost more, but it seems Benteke has followed a similar route to the £35m Englishman.

He has fallen behind Divock Origi in the pecking order while Daniel Sturridge remains Klopp's first-choice. Roberto Firmino has also proved a valuable asset up front, leaving Benteke nowhere near regular first-team football.

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Klopp, who was promised a big transfer budget in the summer when he arrived in October and wants to make sweeping changes to the squad. He is hoping to bring in a minimum of six signings to shoot Liverpool into top four contention. Joel Matip and Marko Grujic have already agreed deals, but their arrivals will be just the start if Klopp has his way.

Selling Benteke will be an important part of Liverpool's summer plans. They need the money generated from his sale will to fund the transfers Klopp wants but will struggle to recoup their original outlay.

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Indeed, Liverpool were the only club willing to meet Benteke's release clause last summer and many critics believe they overpaid despite his stellar form for the Villains. Now, no club will pay northwards of £30m, except perhaps one from the Chinese Super League.

There is also significant doubt over Adam Bogdan, who has apparently been told he has no future at the club. Simon Mignolet's future is far from certain, but what seems more likely is the Belgian will find himself superseded by a new arrival rather than thrown out of Anfield.

Klopp has looked at new goalkeepers and is also targeting Udinese midfielder Piotr Zielinski and Leicester left-back Ben Chilwell. The prime target, however, is Bayern Munich's Mario Gotze.


The prime target

The Bayern Munich star has struggled under Pep Guardiola and maintains a strong relationship with Klopp, who originally brought him through the Borussia Dortmund youth system. Gotze has refused to rule out a summer exit in recent interviews and Klopp would love to have him at Anfield.

"Everything is still open. We will see how things go at the end of the season," Gotze told Sport Bild in January.

"I have a contract until June 2017. But of course, it is important how the new coach feels about me. The coach's plans are decisive in the end.

"So we will just have to wait and see how things pan out. I have not really given my future much thought recently because of my injury, but everything is open as things stand. It all depends on the plans of the club and the new coach."

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