Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has told senior figures at the club to find him a new striker at the end of the season amid fears surrounding Christian Benteke’s suitability, according to reports from Football Insider.
The Reds paid a whopping £32.5m to trigger the Belgian’s Aston Villa release clause during the last transfer window after former boss Brendan Rodgers made him a priority target.
And although Benteke has netted a creditable seven goals this season, since the arrival of Klopp he has appeared out of sync with the rest of his team.
His burly build and desire to play as a target man seem out of tune with the German’s fluid, intense pressing game, with the best performances and results of this season – away at Chelsea and Manchester City – having come without him on the pitch.
Now reports claim that Klopp has made up his mind that he wants an elite level striker to spearhead his team, and has told the club to find him a new man.
He is aware that a £50m+, proven option is out of reach, so the club will be shopping in the tier below, as they did when they signed Luis Suarez from Ajax in 2011.
Daniel Sturridge appears well suited to the German’s approach, but there are serious doubts surrounding his ability to stay clear of injury.