Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has warned prospective suitors of Christian Benteke that they will not be able to sign the striker on the cheap. The Belgian joined the Reds in 2015, but does not feature in Klopp's long-term plans at Anfield.
Liverpool have made it clear they would be willing to sell Benteke for £32.5m ($42.5m), having already rejected a bid from Crystal Palace worth £26.5m plus add ons. Klopp has said that if no-one matches the Reds' asking price, the club will "find a solution".
"If there are clubs that want a real striker from us, they have to make real offers and not hope for anything else. We'll find solutions," the Liverpool boss explained, according to the Liverpool Echo. "If somebody wants a player from us then he has to pay because we only have good players. There are no presents."
Benteke, 25, did not play during Liverpool's recent tour of the US, suggesting he is on the cusp of a move away. Despite this, Klopp insisted he is a high-quality centre-forward.
"Christian is still a great striker. But we have a few more strikers at this moment and it makes more sense to give them match time," the Liverpool managed reflected. "But if there are clubs that want a striker from us they have to make good offers otherwise we will find solutions. That's how transfers are.
"Some clubs try to gamble but we are not part of gambling. We are serious people. If there is a serious offer we will think about it. That's how it always is."