Star striker to have Liverpool medical on Monday

Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke is set to have a medical at Liverpool on Monday, according to The Express.

The Belgium international looks set to make the move to Anfield after the Reds activated the star’s release clause by bidding £32.5 million for the burly centre forward.

With Villa powerless to avoid their talismanic attacker leaving the Birmingham-based club, it looks like only a matter of time before Benteke is a Red and will contest the number nine berth with Daniel Sturridge.

If and when the move is completed it will compound a disappointing week for Tim Sherwood’s men, who have also lost captain Fabian Delph to Manchester City after a dramatic u-turn by the player.

Liverpool are trying to fill the void left by Raheem Sterling, who has also joined the Etihad Stadium side, with Brendan Rodgers moving quickly to bolster his attacking options ahead of the new campaign.