Belgium coach Marc Wilmots has explained that out-of-favour Liverpool striker Christian Benteke is a wanted man in England.

The Belgium international, who was signed for the Reds from Aston Villa for £32.5m by then Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers in the summer, has been used sparingly since Jurgen Klopp took charge of the club in October.

It has been claimed that Benteke is not suited to Klopp’s playing style, and as a result, the 25-year-old has found himself on the Liverpool bench in recent games.

Benteke has been linked with a move away Liverpool in the summer, with West Ham one of the clubs reported to be interested in snapping him up.

And Wilmots, who admitted that Benteke is presently finding life hard at Liverpool, however, insisted that there is no dearth of suitors in England for the former Aston Villa star.


“It’s a little more difficult for him at Liverpool at the moment”, he said in a press conference yesterday when asked about Benteke.

“Maybe because of the context and the hustle and bustle.

“I know a lot of clubs in England want to have him right away.”

Benteke, who is contracted with Liverpool until 2020, has thus far scored eight goals in 35 games for the Anfield outfit.