Christian Benteke returned to haunt his former club Liverpool with two goals for Crystal Palace as Jurgen Klopp’s Reds suffered a demoralising 2-1 home defeat at Anfield on Sunday.
The powerful striker grabbed his first just before half time when he turned home Yohan Cabaye’s cross, before adding his second with a header from a corner after some disappointing Liverpool marking.
Following his efforts on the weekend, quite bizzarley, the Belgium international has now scored more goals at Anfield as a visiting player – five in total – than he did when wearing a Liverpool shirt.
Having scored twice for his current side, Palace, on Merseyside, and three during his spell with Aston Villa, Benteke has now bettered the tally he achieved during his time with the Reds, for whom he scored just four goals in front of his own fans.
This is perhaps a reflection of Benteke’s miserable form during his one season with the Merseyside outfit, throughout which he failed to impress for both Brendan Rodgers and Jurgen Klopp. Nonetheless, refreshed following his exit, Benteke is experiencing a tremendous spell with his new club.
The Belgian international was an expensive acquisition for the London outfit last summer – costing the Eagles £27 million – but his 14 top flight goals for the club have been absolutely vital this season.
His double at Anfield on Sunday ensured Sam Allardyce’s Crystal Palace side are now seven points clear of the relegation zone, with Premier League football all-but secured for yet another season.
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