So we'll spend £32.5m on Benteke…. https://t.co/h9ffZ4yPWx
— MostarLFC (@MostarLFC) July 16, 2015
On Thursday lunchtime it was widely reported that Liverpool were to activate Christian Benteke’s £32.5m release clause at Aston Villa.
Also linked to Manchester United, Christian Benteke would become Liverpool’s seventh striker joining Daniel Sturridge, Danny Ings, Rickie Lambert, Divock Origi, Mario Balotelli & Fabio Borini.
Liverpool fans on social media were not best pleased as news broke that their club would be spending 2/3 of their £49m Raheem Sterling money on a 24 year old Aston Villa striker.
If it goes through, the deal will certainly have shades of the £35m Liverpool spent on Andy Carroll having just received £50m for Fernando Torres.
Christian Benteke has netted 41 goals during his three seasons in the Premier League and was in superb form under new Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood.
See some of the best tweets from unhappy Liverpool fans below.
— Llyr Sims (@LlyrSims) July 16, 2015
Just so I'm clear, we're going to pay more for Christian fucking 50p-head Benteke than Bayern are paying for Arturo Vidal?? Genius #LFC
— Javed Ijaz (@javed_cakes) July 16, 2015
Nooo! I don't want Benteke! The money can be spent far far better surely! #LFC
— Dan Rimmer (@dan_rimmer26) July 16, 2015
£32.5M for Benteke, suddenly I am experiencing Andy Carroll flash backs which is giving me just anger and rage #LFC
— Mike A (@porx_79) July 16, 2015
Just new a team would mug us off, always happens. 32m for Benteke. What a joke! Lazy player. Don't want him! #LFC
— RobertoFirmino (@MckinleyLad_) July 16, 2015
Can't believe we're signing Benteke. We've just got £49 mill for Sterling and blown £32.5 on that wardrobe. The end is nigh #LFC
— Luke Reeves (@LukeReeves7) July 16, 2015
Benteke is just a black andy Carroll, and Rodgers sold andy carrol because he didn't fit our system, yep, makes sense that
— ' (@GerrardsPrime) July 16, 2015
So it looks like Benteke could be on his way to #LFC. Well I for one think it is a waste of 32.5 Million. I will not be happy if it happens
— Liverbird Dreamer (@Steve_Edw) July 16, 2015
£32.5 million can get you literally anyone in the world. We go for Aston Villa's Benteke.
— – (@AnfieldRd96) July 16, 2015
Would have jumped on Christian Benteke for £20m; but £32.5m is just WAY too much. Echoes of Andy Carroll. #LFC
— Elliott Binks (@ElliottBinks) July 16, 2015
What sort of idiot hounds out Carroll because he doesn't suit his style but then signs Lambert, Balotelli and Benteke
— Fucking Benteke (@Fucking_Ben) July 16, 2015