Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has told the Mail that he thinks Christian Benteke is most likely to stay at Villa Park subsequent season, suggesting for the media that he thinks reported suitors Liverpool have greater than adequate strikers at Anfield currently.
“I believe Liverpool have shown an interest but there’s not been a bid worth contemplating,” Sherwood is quoted as saying by the Mail. “They’ve got six or seven strikers themselves in the moment – they’ ve just taken two new ones in at the same time!
“They’ve got Divock Origi back, they’ve got Danny Ings, the Brazilian boy Roberto Firmino for ￡29m – they’ve got a handful of possibilities there.”
The Belgian forward was in explosive form inside the final handful of months of your season just gone, and also the Reds have already been linked with paying his reported release clause of ￡32.5 million.
Who do Liverpool currently have in the club?
As the Villa boss says, Liverpool do have an abundance of strikers on their books currently, with none possessing departed the club due to the fact the transfer window opened.
Alongside Daniel Sturridge, the club’s only established forward which has performed at Anfield to some degree, are final summer’s signings Rickie Lambert and Mario Balotelli, international forwards that should be on decent salaries and yet have failed to carry out. There’s also Fabio Borini, another player who has struggled since moving for the club.
That in itself can be a strike force of four forwards, enough for a lot of clubs, however the Reds also have the 3 new arrivals Sherwood pointed out, generating a total of seven strikers.
If Benteke were to join, it would probably be for the largest fee that it expense to recruit any of those players, so the expectation could be that the club would sell a number of attackers.
Till Liverpool start to produce room for additional attacking players, Sherwood might just be hoping Brendan Rodgers settles with what he has.