Benteke and Balotelli will not be presents to clubs – Klopp

Date published: Friday 12th August 2016 3:40

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Jurgen Klopp says it is a “misunderstanding” if clubs think Liverpool are going to let Christian Benteke or Mario Balotelli leave on the cheap.

Widespread reports over the summer have indicated both strikers are surplus to requirements at Anfield and are set to leave the club before the end of the transfer window but so far nobody has met the valuation of either player.

Benteke has attracted the most interest, with Crystal Palace having a £25million bid rejected at the start of July and more recently West Brom reportedly entering the race to sign the Belgium international.

Despite this, Klopp thinks it could even be “possible” that both of the strikers could be a part his squad for this campaign and insists the club will not let them leave unless it suits.

“Christian Benteke, Mario Balotelli, all the other strikers, they are really good; they don’t miss anything in their chances,” the German said.

“Having six strikers is a little bit too comfortable but it’s still possible. If anybody thinks that because we have more than one striker, we make presents to other clubs, that’s the biggest misunderstanding in world football. We will not do that 100 per cent.”

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