GUARDIAN – Football transfer rumours: Karim Benzema on his way to Liverpool?

Today’s fluff says: ‘Go to a gallery. You’ll meet someone there’It seems that Liverpool have accepted that Raheem Sterling is too far gone into his Shania Twain routine to be talked out of it. They can bandy James Milner and Danny Ings about all they want but Sterling’s response is still That Don’t Impress Me Much. And so the youngster with the ability and determination that Liverpool so desperately need right now will soon leave Anfield for good, and fly into the tanned and bejewelled arms of Real Madrid, where none other than Rafa Benítez is preparing to lavish him with riches, trophy opportunities and a special issue Rafa Handbook and Protractor for studying the most meticulous game plans this side of a global Sims convention.Liverpool will attempt to avoid a repeat of The Worst Transfer Window in English Football History by landing either Villarreal’s Luciano Vietto – although there are concerns that the striker’s release clause applies only to Spanish clubs – or, wait for it, Karim Benzema! Yes, reports in Madrid claim that the town isn’t big enough for two Bens, so Benítez will boot out Benzema on the grounds that he is more dispensable than Cristiano Ronaldo or Gareth Bale, the other two members of a trio whose defensive input is not as big as Benítez demands. Hmmn. That’s dangerous talk in Madrid, so the Mill is not ruling out the possibility of Benítez replacing Brendan Rodgers at Anfield this side of January. Continue reading…