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Christian Benteke set for Kop exit as Crystal Palace's £27m bid accepted

Published 19/08/2016

Christian Benteke's short-lived Liverpool career is set to end after the club accepted Crystal Palace's bid of £27m plus add-ons for the Belgium striker.

It's understood the Eagles will pay a potential further £5m dependent on certain criteria being met during the 25-year-old's stay at Selhurst Park.

Benteke is scheduled to travel to London for a medical today and the deal should mean Liverpool recoup most of the £32.5m they spent last summer in bringing him to Anfield from Aston Villa.

Unlike Palace's failed offer earlier in the week of £23m plus £7m of add-ons, the targets in the latest agreement appear much more attainable and satisfactory to the selling club.

Benteke was brought in by Jurgen Klopp's predecessor Brendan Rodgers, who regarded the striker as a key signing.

Benteke scored 10 goals in 42 matches but it was his lack of suitability for Klopp's methods, rather than his overall ability, which was his downfall.

Klopp, meanwhile, has defended Alberto Moreno after he was criticised for conceding a penalty and being caught out of position in the Reds' 4-3 victory against Arsenal.

Ahead of tomorrow's clash against Burnley, Klopp said: "I can't be interested in criticism. Yes, Alberto could have done better. But I don't understand what we are talking about."

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