Christian Benteke to join Liverpool on Wednesday, say Sky sources

Christian Benteke's expected move to Liverpool from Aston Villa is being delayed by an administrative problem, reports SSNHQ's Kaveh Solhekol

Sky sources understand that Christian Benteke will complete his move to Liverpool from Aston Villa today.

Sky Sports News HQ reporter Kaveh Solhekol, who is in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur with the Liverpool squad, said that only a slight administrative issue was holding up the announcement of the deal.

The Belgium striker completed his medical on Tuesday ahead of the completion of the £32.5m transfer and is expected to be at Melwood to sign the paperwork on Wednesday.

Liverpool FC coach Brendan Rodgers celebrates winning the international friendly match between Brisbane Roar and Liverpool FC
Image: Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has been busy in the transfer market this summer

Prospective Liverpool team-mate Divock Origi has played with Benteke at national level and spoke about the striker's qualities.

He told Sky Sports News HQ: "At Belgium, everyone knows his qualities; he's very strong, has a good header, technique and can score goals. He is the modern striker."

It is expected that Benteke will be Liverpool's last signing ahead of the new campaign, which they will begin away to Stoke on August 9 live on Sky Sports 1 HD.

Anfield boss Brendan Rodgers has been busy in the transfer market this summer, bringing in James Milner, Adam Bogdan, Danny Ings, Nathaniel Clyne, Roberto Firmino and Joe Gomez.

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Solhekol said securing the 24-year-old's signature was Rodgers' most pressing priority.

He said: "Benteke was his No 1 target. He has already signed six players this summer and there is a general feeling at the club that he will be the last.

"There are still stories linking Liverpool with a move for Marco Reus and Real Madrid's Asier Illarramendi. But I've been told those reports are nonsense.

"As far as Liverpool are concerned, I've been told they are just working on tying up that Christian Benteke deal and then as far as Brendan Rodgers is concerned, he has the players that he needs for next season."

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