Liverpool FC aiming to offload Mario Balotelli and Christian Benteke

Balotelli and Benteke both surplus to requirements at Liverpool, although Jurgen Klopp having problems selling the players

Liverpool FC aiming to offload Mario Balotelli and Christian Benteke

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July 14th, 2016

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Brendan Rodgers might be red-faced after Celtic’s recent Champions League defeat, although the former Liverpool manager was also responsible for the acquisitions of Christian Benteke and Mario Balotelli.

Neither player have proved to be effective for the Reds, with Jurgen Klopp now looking to trim them from his Liverpool squad, although it remains to be seen whether there will be any willing takers.

Balotelli is back from a loan spell with Milan, with Sampdoria rumoured to be interested in a player who has swiftly fallen down the pecking order at Anfield.

“I have spoken to him about this,” the manager told reporters. “He’s not at the stage of his career where he should be battling with four or five other players for one or two positions … so it’s clear we need a solution. There will be a club around who would be happy to have the new Mario Balotelli. I have spoken clearly to the player about that.”

Daniel Sturridge, Danny Ings and Divock Origi are all gunning for attacking positions, while Benteke also remains at the club for the time being.

However, the Belgian is clearly not a player rated by Klopp who hopes that Liverpool can sell him on for the asking price of £32.5 million.

This is the price that the Merseyside club spent on him to wrest the player from Aston Villa, with the 25-year-old having demonstrated his prowess for the Villans with a formidable scoring rate.

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