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Christian Benteke failed to impress Jurgen Klopp..

Christian Benteke ready to accept his Liverpool career is over

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Christian Benteke is ready to consider a move to Crystal Palace after accepting his career as a Liverpool player is over, reports The Mirror.

The powerful striker is only one year into his deal at Anfield, worth a reported £140,000-a-week, but he has failed to establish himself under Jurgen Klopp and is rumoured to be at the bottom of the German's preferences.

That much was made clear when Liverpool paid £30million to sign Sadio Mane from Southampton earlier this week in a deal that is likely to spell the end of Benteke's short stay on Merseyside.

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And it is believed Benteke has seen Mane's arrival as the last straw, confirming his suspicions that he is not part of Klopp's long-term plans and is now looking towards his next move.

Having arrived from Aston Villa in a £32m deal last summer, Liverpool were hoping to regain as much as £30m of that despite the fall Benteke's standing has suffered over the last 12 months.

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A move to Crystal Palace

At the moment, only Crystal Palace have registered a serious interest in meeting that price tag after Alan Pardew failed in a similar bid to sign Michy Batshuayi from Marseille. Batshuayi, who also plays for Belgium's national team, rejected the Eagles in favour of a move to Chelsea.

Benteke, however, is ready to seriously consider moving to Selhurst Park in a bid to revive his career. Pardew will offer Benteke a key role in his team next season and will match most of his current wages.

Of course, Palace's reputation is significantly smaller than Liverpool's and would represent a setback for Benteke in his bid to play regular Champions League football but another season on the bench at Liverpool will probably do more damage.

West Ham are also considering a bid after failing to lure Alexandre Lacazette.

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Liverpool prospects

Mane will add to Klopp's myriad options up front which currently includes Daniel Sturridge, Danny Ings and Divock Origi while Mario Balotelli, although expected to leave, is also still amongst the Liverpool ranks.

And it is along with the maligned Italian that Benteke probably sits. Klopp's famous gengerpress  style simply does not match the slow and strong figure that the 25-year-old cuts. Indeed, he has always relied on pacey attackers both at Borussia Dortmund and increasingly at Liverpool.

However, he was used when the chips were down in the last campaign and managed ten goals for the Reds despite his limited role.

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