Given that Queens Park Rangers have earned in the region of £10m from Sterling’s £49m sale to Manchester City, it could be argued Liverpool will spend virtually their entire chunk on a replacement, leading to inevitable questions about whether Rodgers might use the money more wisely.

That said, as the stats show, Benteke scores far more goals on the ground than he does in the air, and a well-rounded striker with his attributes arguably *should* be scoring a quarter of his goals via headers. It’s probably what we lacked at times last season.

The Sun report that Valencia defender Nicolas Otamend is prepared to go on strike to force a move to United while Robert Lewandowski will cost Louis Van Gaal more than £35m according to his agent, and the Independent.

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has confirmed that a potential takeover of the club by a consortium will not be happening. The striker has scored five goals in six appearances against the Reds, including an equaliser in the FA Cup semifinal that Villa won 2-1 earlier this year and a quite sensational performance at Anfield in 2012.

While not as quick as Sturridge, Benteke is no slouch either and, with Coutinho and Firmino supporting him in the final third, the Belgium global can exploit the pairing’s creative ability.

The Villa hitman, 24, has been the club’s top scorer in all three seasons he’s been at the club and has a £32.5 million release clause in his contract, something Liverpool have reportedly looked into activating.

“I’ve got no doubt [that Benteke could succeed at Manchester United]”.

In the last two years of Rodgers’s reign, Liverpool’s transfer activities have been determined by the committee, of which he is a part along with chief executive, Ian Ayre, Dave Fallows, the head of recruitment, Barry Hunter, the chief scout, and Michael Edwards, the head of performance and analysis.

After seeing the news, Sport Witness contacted the player’s agent Kismet Eris and have quoted him as saying that any Manchester United interest was “not true at all”.

Neither he, nor his club, could afford a repeat of last summer when Alexis Sanchez was the number one striking target to replace Luis Suarez. In order to that, the release clause must be met and FSG are doing the same. Liverpool ended up having to take an ill-advised risk, culminating in the purchase of Mario Balotelli – undoubtedly one of the major factors in what proved a poor season.