But Villa have maintained throughout that the Belgian would only be sold if another club matched the clause inserted in to the four-year deal he signed in 2013, which is something Liverpool were previously reluctant to do.

Rodgers, who says he has exchanged friendly texts with Sterling since his £49million move to City went through, suggested he will not pursue a direct replacement for the 20-year-old.

Sherwood is aware Adebayor divides opinion but is confident he can reproduce their Spurs success at Villa. Last summer it is believed that other members persuaded Rodgers it would be prudent to sign Mario Balotelli before the Italian’s terrible campaign where he scored just once in the league.

Yet the Reds have evidently resigned to pay the full amount to bring the 24-year-old scorer to Anfield, according to Daily Mail, which could push Liverpool’s latest summer spending spree to £80 million, not so far from the £100 million they divvied out past year but with little results to show.

The Spain worldwide has negotiated a deal which would see him granted a Nou Camp exit if Liverpool were to stump up £20.9m, reduced from the previous figure of an astonishing £130m.

There have been questions over whether Benteke would suit Rodgers’ high-pressing philosophy, but owners Fenway Sports Group are willing to back the Northern Irishman in his make-or-break season.

“I have said it before”.

“I think he’s ideal for the way Brendan wants to play”.

Strikers should utilise all their strengths, and with Benteke, he’s tall and strong, so obviously he’s going to score goals with his head.

“I played with some great number nines and Christian on his day is unplayable”, Lambert told talkSPORT.

Check out the following video of Benteke’s goals last season.

Manchester United have been strongly linked with a move for Edinson Cavani over the last few days, though it now appears that Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke is the man to reinforce the Reds’ attack.