By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Christian Benteke will leave Liverpool this summer irrespective of whether Crystal Palace are successful in signing him, according to a report.
The Telegraph claim there is no way back for Benteke at Anfield after he slipped down the pecking order under Jurgen Klopp in the second half of last season.
Experienced Merseyside journalist Chris Bascombe says the departure of the 25-year-old is “inevitable” as he “knows he will have no opportunities to play under Klopp”.
Palace have lodged a bid of £27million for the Belgium striker but the The Mirror claim that Anfield chiefs are determined to recoup the entire £32.5million they spent on him last summer.
Football Insider reported that the Eagles made an improved offer for the Liverpool striker last week of an initial £27million plus £4.5million of performance-related add-ons, just £1million short of the Reds asking price.
The deal is currently on ice but the striker is expected to leave Anfield even though he has four years to run on his current deal.
Benteke scored 42 goals in 89 appearances during his time at Villa, but that form dipped after his big-money move to Anfield, which saw him net on nine occasions in 29 league games for the club.
The former Genk star is just one in a long list of failed forwards at Anfield since the departure of Luis Suarez to Barcelona in 2014.
He is behind Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi and fit-again Danny Ings in the pecking order to lead the Liverpool attack, as well as playmaker Roberto Firmino.
In other Liverpool transfer news, the club have agreed the terms of a club-record transfer.