Christian Benteke is aware he may have to leave Liverpool on loan if he is to have any hope of rediscovering his old form, reports the Daily Mail.
The Belgian striker’s career is at a crossroads after a disappointing spell at Anfield, which appears to have culminated in him being left out of the squad for the pre-season tour of the USA.
Reds fans expected big things from the £32.5million signing from Aston Villa, but aside from a handful of promising moments last season, he was underwhelming and did not improve even after the arrival of Jurgen Klopp.
Danny Ings is now back to full fitness, which will only push Benteke further down the pecking order.
The main obstacle which is preventing him from leaving permanently is that Liverpool are reluctant to make a loss on him and would like to recoup as much of the £32.5million as possible.
They have already turned down bids of around £30million from Crystal Palace this summer, but it’s unlikely they are going to make an improved offer at that price.
That leaves a loan spell the most suitable solution to the Benteke conundrum. This is a player who undoubtedly has something to offer up front, though that may be with a more physical team.
The 25-year-old may have only scored nine goals over the course of the 2015-2016 campaign, but that shouldn’t stop another Premier League team taking a chance on him, as they could well be rewarded with the Benteke we all saw at Villa.