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“Pencil us in for another midtable finish now” – Liverpool fans react to Christian Benteke reports

News that Christian Benteke is Liverpool’s “number one target this summer” has been greeted with little enthusiasm from Liverpool supporters.

LONDON, ENGLAND - Sunday, April 19, 2015: Liverpool's Alberto Moreno and Joe Allen tackle Aston Villa's Christian Benteke during the FA Cup Semi-Final match at Wembley Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Reports across all the papers carry the news that the Belgian striker is the man who Liverpool and Brendan Rodgers have identified to solve their goalscoring problems.

With James Milner and Danny Ings identified along with Benteke, plus reports that Rodgers won’t be replaced, nor will the club change their structure to appoint a director of football, most fans seem concerned the club is heading towards mid-table mediocrity.

While Benteke is clearly a good player, should Liverpool really be looking at spending £20 million plus on a centre-forward who is far from being the mobile striker the Reds need?

Rodgers’ sides are hardly famed for lumping the ball into the box for a player of Benteke’s qualities to win headers.

Yes, Benteke is excellent in the air and has constantly outmuscled Martin Skrtel down the years, but name a Premier League centre-forward who hasn’t impressed against Skrtel? Dwight Gayle, Bobby Zamora and Yannick Bolasie have had their best games against the Slovakian.

Here’s a selection of reactions from fans on social media – with many bemused as to why Rodgers wants to sign more players from mid-table Premier League clubs, turning Liverpool into one.

MikeOscar in the forums:

It’s really happening isn’t it? What on earth have we done to deserve this? It’s Lallana v2, in the sense we’re buying a decent (but no better) player for a vastly inflated sum of money which said player will never be worth. They just won’t learn from their mistakes – is it becoming an active effort to sabotage the club?

SupaLFC96 in the forums:

Rodgers failed to fit two immobile strikers into the team, therefore go out and try to get another one. You can’t make this up. Looking forward to seeing Coutinho at striker next season after Benteke is bench and Sturridge is in Boston to fix his toe nail. Smh

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