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Christian Benteke is set to leave Liverpool..

Everton preparing transfer bid for Liverpool's Christian Benteke

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Not since 2002 has a Premier League star made the short trip across Merseyside. Everton and Liverpool may share a city but they very rarely share football players.

Abel Xavier was the last man to do it, joining Liverpool after an unsuccessful spell with the Toffees. Now, it appears that Christian Benteke could be the first man to swap red for blue since Gary Ablett's £750,000 move in 1992.

The Mirror report that Ronald Koeman wants the Belgian striker if Romelu Lukaku leaves for Chelsea. Everton could potential garner £75m by selling the striker back to the Blues, giving them plenty of cash to find a replacement.

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So rare are deals between the two clubs, it seems unthinkable that Jurgen Klopp could be seen to do business with Everton, especially as they could well be a threat to their European ambitions in the near future.

However, Benteke is the source of much frustration amongst the Anfield faithful with a number of fans hoping to see him sold before the end of the summer transfer window. His £32.5m move from Aston Villa reaped just ten goals last season with Klopp clearly favouring more mobile strikers like Divock Origi and Daniel Sturridge.

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And Liverpool fans sense an opportunity to claw back most of what they originally paid for him. While the asking price is set at £30m, selling to cash-rich rivals could even see the Reds make a small profit.

It is for that reason why a number of Liverpool fans appear willing to see the dangerous striker leave for Everton, with some claiming he could even do more damage than good at Goodison Park.

Take a look at the best reaction below:

Battle for Benteke

But Everton face a challenge from Sunderland for Benteke, who could even take the Belgian on loan for a season with the option to buy. Liverpool are said to be open to a loan deal but would, of course, prefer cash up front.

David Moyes confirmed he was in the market for a new striker, saying: “I think it’s well documented that we’ve only got one centre-forward really in Jermain Defoe – we’ve got others who can do the job at other times. But I would like to strengthen in most areas if it comes up.”

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