Confirmed: Liverpool announce Christian Benteke signing

Liverpool have completed the signing of Belgian international striker Christian Benteke from Aston Villa.

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Benteke had been on the Reds’ radar for months with Brendan Rodgers looking to improve his attacking options.

Soon after the sale of Raheem Sterling to Manchester City for £49 million last week, Liverpool met a clause in Benteke’s contract that allowed him to leave Villa Park for £32.5 million.

The 24-year-old is the third forward to arrive at Anfield this summer after fellow countryman Divock Origi returned from loan and former Burnley striker Danny Ings joined on a free transfer.

He becomes Liverpool’s seventh signing of the summer following the arrivals of James Milner, Ings, Adam Bogdan, Nathaniel Clyne, Joe Gomez and Roberto Firmino, taking the total spend to £73.5 million.

Benteke scored 13 goals in 29 Premier League appearances for Villa last season, and also scored against Liverpool in the FA Cup Semi-Final in May at Wembley to help Tim Sherwood’s side to the final.

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