Leicester City should try to sign Liverpool striker Christian Benteke

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Christian Benteke has endured a frustrating first season at Anfield, having dropped down the pecking order after the appointment of Jurgen Klopp as manager. 

The former Aston Villa striker arrived at the Liverpool for £32.5 million, a value that is expected to plummet after his poor displays last season. 

In a bid to further strengthen their squad, Leicester City should turn their attentions to the Belgian international, with the striker having expressed concern regarding his Liverpool future. 


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Despite a poor first season at Anfield, Benteke still remains a quality striker, who brings physical strength and clinical finishing at the head of the attack. 

Leicester Need More Quality Strikers

The Foxes are set to face a grueling 2016/2017 campaign, having secured automatic qualification for the Champions League group stages, which means they will not only go up against tricky European opponents from across the continent but will also experience the pressures that accompany midweek fixtures, possibly in between two weekends of Premier League games.

Claudio Ranieri's men are not accustomed to such challenging schedules, and in order to meet such demanding fixtures, almost every position in the team needs to be solidified or reinforced. 

With Benteke unsatisfied at Liverpool, this could provide Ranieri with the ideal opportunity to add a striker of true quality to his ranks. 

According to Arsene Wenger, lead striker Jamie Vardy has decided to stay at the King Power Stadium, snubbing a move to Arsenal in the process.

At 30 and 29 years of age respectively, Shinji Okazaki and Leonardo Ulloa are both nearing the twilight of their careers and might not have the quality required to sustain a quality attack for the Foxes, especially in Europe. 

Ranieri likes to deploy two strikers up front, and a combination of Vardy and Benteke could provide a perfect balance in attack. As mentioned earlier, Benteke provides a strong presence up front and is considered a target man, while Vardy likes to make runs behind the defense and combine more with the midfield. 

Such a pairing could therefore provide the team with a formidable strike partnership, capable of launching a serious title defense as well as a decent first European outing. 

Benteke Doesn't Fit Liverpool Bill

Initially signed as Liverpool's primary striker, the Belgian was considered a long term replacement for Luis Suarez, after the Uruguayan's departure to Barcelona

However, Klopp's arrival saw Benteke's chances reduce at the club as the German manager likes to feature strikers that are more mobile and that link-up with midfielders during the buildup. 

The 25-year-old's style doesn't suit that of Klopp's and as a result, the Belgian was dropped in favour of others. At a club which also contains Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi and Danny Ings, Benteke was bound to face tough competition for a place in the side's attack. 

Klopp's preference of deploying just one striker up front made it even harder for the striker to feature regularly. Benteke's Belgian compatriot, Origi, turned out to be the German manager's preferred striker up front, even ahead of fan favorite Sturridge. 

Heading into the new season, it is highly unlikely that Benteke will have too many more chances to cement his place in the first team, especially due to the relatively young age of Origi and the reliability offered by Sturridge. 

A move to Leicester would not only provide the Belgian striker with regular first team opportunities, but would also allow the striker to finally feature in the Champions League. 

During the Belgian's time at Villa Park, Benteke scored 42 goals in 89 appearances, accounting for a large chunk of Villa's goals. Performances such as that earned him a spot in the Belgian international team, and the forward has shown that he has the composure and quality to play against tricky and diverse opponents. 

Adding a player of Benteke's proven quality would greatly enhance Leicester's chances of success next season, and at 25, he is just entering the prime of his career with many years of football still to come. 

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