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Christian Benteke to be a 'bargain' for Liverpool - Brendan Rodgers

Roberto Firmino and Christian Benteke take part in their first training session with their new club
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers discusses the club's summer transfer activity after a 1-1 draw against a Malaysia XI in the capital, Kuala Lumpur.

Christian Benteke will prove to be a bargain for Liverpool, according to manager Brendan Rodgers.

Liverpool secured the £32.5 million signing of Benteke, 24, this summer from Premier League counterparts Aston Villa.

The Belgium international scored 42 goals in 89 top-flight matches for Villa and Rodgers is confident he will be a success at Anfield.

"For me, I think he'll prove to be a bargain for the club. I really do," Rodgers said on the club's official website.

"I've read and seen things...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Luis Suarez calls good friend Steven Gerrard's slip vs. Chelsea 'destiny'

In an exclusive interview, Barcelona's Luis Suarez reveals how important Steven Gerrard has been in his career.
In an exclusive interview, Barcelona and Uruguay striker Luis Suarez explains how difficult South American qualifiers are and says Uruguay misses veteran players like Diego Forlan.

Former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez believes Steven Gerrard's slip against Chelsea which effectively cost the Reds the 2014 Premier League title was "destiny," but says he would never have been at Anfield that season if not for his relationship with the former captain.

Gerrard's midfield stumble allowed Demba Ba's opener in a critical 2-0 home loss to Chelsea in April 2014, damaging Liverpool's hopes for a first league crown in 24 years.

In an exclusive interview with ESPN FC, Suarez, who scored...

 By Kevin Palmer

Mario Balotelli welcome to sign for Qatar's Al-Arabi, says Gianfranco Zola

Gabriele Marcotti believes the Liverpool striker isn't just content to sit on the bench and collect a check, but the ESPN FC crew isn't buying it.

Mario Balotelli has been offered an unusual route out of Liverpool, after Al-Arabi head coach Gianfranco Zola suggested he would welcome him to his club in Qatar.

Balotelli faces an uncertain future at Liverpool after he was left out of the squad for their preseason tour and was then left out of both of their final two preseason matches.

While rumours have linked Balotelli with a move back to Italy, former Chelsea star Zola has suggested a spell in the Qatari league may give both the Liverpool...

 By Mike Whalley

Liverpool was easy to leave for Sunderland, says Sebastian Coates

The ESPN FC crew give their picks for which teams will get relegated following the 2015/16 Premier League season.

Sebastian Coates said it was an "easy" decision to leave Liverpool for Sunderland on a permanent deal.

The centre-back joined the Black Cats for £2m on July 1 to end a difficult four-year stint at Anfield, during which he struggled for form and battled injury.

Coates played only 12 league games in his first two seasons with the Reds before cruciate knee ligament damage while playing for Uruguay in August 2013.

He recovered to play briefly for his country at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and...