£32.5m Christian Benteke signing makes Brendan Rodgers the highest spending Liverpool manager in history

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has become the highest-spending manager in the club's history by signing Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke.

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The Reds have made the 24-year-old forward their seventh signing of the summer by meeting the £32.5m release clause written into his contract.

In doing so, Rodgers will take his total spending at Liverpool to £312.8m* - no previous manager has taken more from the club's accounts to spend on new players.

Rafael Benitez spent £309m while at Liverpool but did so in six seasons - Rodgers is only just entering his fourth.

Liverpool have already splashed out over £45m strengthening their squad this summer, but have had their spending power boosted by the record-breaking £49m sale of Raheem Sterling to Manchester City.

Christian Benteke (unconfirmed)Aston Villa£32.5m
Roberto Firmino1899 Hoffenheim£28.7m
Nathaniel ClyneSouthampton£12.4m
Joe GomezCharlton£3.4m
Adam BogdanBoltonFree
Danny IngsBurnleyFree
James MilnerManchester CityFree

Rodgers and Liverpool's so-called transfer committee, who consult with each other on transfer targets, were similarly empowered last season by the £56.7m sale of Luis Suarez to Barcelona and racked up the biggest transfer window receipt in the club's history by spending over £100m on new players.

Although Rodgers may not have complete autonomy over who comes in and out of the club's Melwood training base, his managerial reign has seen 28 new players arrive in just over three seasons.

On average, each of those signings has cost Liverpool £10.8m. Even Kenny Dalglish, who broke the club's transfer record by blowing £36m on Andy Carroll, finished his second spell as Liverpool boss with a lower average transfer fee.

ManagerTotal spendAverage feeTotal no. of signings
Brendan Rodgers£312.8m£10.8m29
Kenny Dalglish£117.9m£10.7m10
Roy Hodgson£26.4m£3.3m8
Rafael Benitez£309.5m£5.7m52
Gerard Houllier£154.5m£3.8m41

*All fees taken from transfermarkt.co.uk

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