It’s fair to say Christian Benteke’s Liverpool’s career hasn’t been too successful.
The Belgian striker was signed by the Reds in the summer from Aston Villa for a hefty £32.5 million but has struggled to play regular first-team football on Merseyside.
Since the arrival of Jurgen Klopp in October, Benteke appears to have fallen down the attacking pecking order behind compatriot Divock Origi on the Liverpool bench.
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His eight goals in 34 matches hasn’t been enough to convince Liverpool fans that he’s worth anywhere near the huge amount the club splashed out on him.
And his relationship with Klopp appeared to hit a new low on Sunday when the German boss gave him a public telling off after their 3-2 defeat to Southampton.
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Benteke was guilty of missing a glorious opportunity to put Liverpool 3-1 up and surely secure the three points but dragged his effort wide before the Saints completed a miraculous comeback.
He’s already been linked with a move away from Anfield with West Ham seemingly the most interested.
In fact, The Hammers’ co-chairman David Sullivan has even admitted that the club would love to sign Benteke but are put off by one thing.
“He’s a player we admire but the problem is that he is on huge wages that no club can afford,” he told reporters, per The Sun.
Benteke is reportedly on £120,000-per-week at Anfield as it’s that figure that could prove to be a stumbling block for many clubs.
However, the Irons have a real possibility of achieving a top-four finish in the Premier League this season which would earn them a Champions League spot next campaign.
Slaven Bilic’s side are just one point behind Manchester City in fourth with eight matches remaining.
Despite West Ham’s fantastic season, they still lack a quality striker to score plenty of goals. Andy Carroll and Enner Valencia both have four league goals while Diafra Sakho has three.
Sullivan insists that his side desperately need a prolific striker.
“What we don’t have is 20-25 goal a season striker. If we did we’d be even higher up the table," he insisted.
“Andy has scored some big goals this season. Four doesn’t sound much but they have been huge goals and he has made a huge impact coming off the bench. He is a ‘chaos’ player.
“Our team doesn’t need major surgery but maybe a real top, top consistent goalscorer,” he added.
While Benteke doesn’t appear to be that ‘real top, top consistent goalscorer’ during his time at Liverpool, he has been previously.
During his three seasons at Villa Park, Benteke managed to score 42 goals in 89 Premier League appearances for a fairly poor Villa side.
Whether or not a club will be willing to take a chance on Benteke following this disappointing season for Liverpool remains to be seen but there’s no doubting that his goalscoring record before his move to Merseyside.
Maybe if he’s willing to take a pay-cut, a move to West Ham could be on the cards.
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