Liverpool lining up bid for Karim Benzema?

France's forward Karim Benzema after an own goal during a Group E football match between France and Honduras at the Beira-Rio Stadium in Porto Alegre during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 15, 2014
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A report claims that Brendan Rodgers sees Karim Benzema as a direct replacement for outgoing Luis Suarez at Liverpool.

Liverpool are lining up a move for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema as a replacement for Luis Suarez, according to a report.

The Reds are said to be in the final stages of selling Suarez to Barcelona for a fee in the region of £75m.

The Metro claims that manager Brendan Rodgers is now weighing up his options, with £40m Benzema his top target to join Anfield this summer.

Benzema, who has this week returned from World Cup duty with France, scored 22 goals for Madrid last season.

Luis Suarez of Uruguay celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match against England on June 19, 2014
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