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Liverpool sticking to £30m valuation of misfit after rejecting initial bid

Liverpool have rejected a £25m bid from Crystal Palace for striker Christian Benteke, with the offer falling short of their valuation.

The Belgian international is currently on duty with his national team at Euro 2016, but following their elimination by Wales on Friday night, he will now likely go on a break while his club future is sorted out.

Having failed to live up to the £32.5m price-tag that he was signed for from Aston Villa last summer, the 25-year-old is expected to be heading for the exit door ahead of next season with Jurgen Klopp making changes to his squad.

As reported by the Liverpool Echo, Liverpool have rejected a £25m bid from Palace, as they are still seeking a bid of more than £30m as they look to recoup as much of their initial fee that they spent on Benteke as possible.

It’s been a busy summer for Palace already as they completed the signings of Andros Townsend and Steve Mandanda this week, while they were linked with a move for Michy Batshuayi before he opted to join Chelsea instead.

In turn, they’ve now switched their focus to his international team-mate, and Benteke will arguably welcome the opportunity for a fresh start in the English capital after failing to have the desired impact on Merseyside.

Given his strengths and characteristics and the way in which Liverpool play under Klopp, it was always going to be a difficult partnership as it didn’t particularly look like a great fit.

While Benteke had his moments last season, it evidently wasn’t enough to convince Klopp to keep him, and so should Liverpool receive what they deem to be an acceptable offer, the former Villa man will be on the move again this summer.

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