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Crystal Palace’s Christian Benteke records bizarre statistic following Liverpool heroics

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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.

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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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Chris is the founder of The Boot Room. He is a Swindon Town supporter, having lived in Wiltshire for most of his years. His work has also featured on Squawka, Bleacher Report and Eurosport.

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Premier League Team of the Week I: Featuring Crystal Palace and Liverpool favourites

Who made The Boot Room’s Team of the Week for Game Week 1?

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Crystal Palace and Liverpool enjoyed away wins on the opening weekend of the Premier League season while Everton gave newly promoted Wolves a quick reminder of the tough task they face on their return to the top flight.

Following the weekend’s action, The Boot Room picks its six-a-side Team of the Week.


Crystal Palace duo Wayne Hennessey and Aaron Wan-Bissaka make up the defensive line, with both impressing in the Eagles’ 2-0 victory over newly-promoted Fulham.

The former made six saves in-between the sticks to ensure a well-deserved clean sheet, while the latter successfully nullified the attacking threat of the talented Ryan Sessegnon, ensuring last season’s Sky Bet Championship Player of the Year barely had a sniff all game. Meanwhile, he also turned creator for his side’s second goal of the afternoon.

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Liverpool’s James Milner‘s imperious display ensures him a spot in midfield for the week. As the Reds strolled to a 4-0 victory over West Ham United at Anfield, the 32-year-old dominated proceedings, bettering his peers in seven key areas, including recording more touches of the ball than any other player on the pitch.

Keeping him company in midfield is Wolves talent Ruben Neves. Like Milner, the 21-year-old Portugal star was central to his club’s efforts throughout the opening week. He demonstrated his immense talent and a level of maturity beyond his years as he lead his side to a 2-2 draw, chipping in with a goal and an assist.

In attack, Everton’s Richarlison seems like a man who is clearly going to thrive on the pressure of performing at Goodison Park, at least if his debut for the Toffees is anything to go by. His well-taken brace against Wolves ensured a ten-man Toffees side emerged with a least a point in their first competitive outing under Marco Silva.

Finally, Liverpool star Sadio Mane proved he is not willing to fall quietly into Mohamed Salah’s shadow at Anfield with a terrific week one performance. The Senegalese forward was in red hot form as he netted a superb brace to pick up where he left off last season following his goal in the Champions League Final defeat to Real Madrid.

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Team of the Week: Crystal Palace’s Wayne Hennessey flawless performance denies Fulham

The Welshman was on hand to deny Fulham on six occasions.

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When Crystal Palace went out and acquired Vicente Guaita from Getafe in the summer, goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey surely must have been apprehensive about his status as the club’s number one.

But, despite the Spaniard’s arrival, Hennessey kept his place in the squad and produced a flawless performance against Fulham en route to a 2-0 victory this weekend.

The Welshman did also sign a new three-year contract over the summer, and rewarded Roy Hodgson’s faith in him by recording six saves against the Cottagers.

“[Hennessey] ended the last season exceptionally well and played very well around that time, so even though both goalkeepers have done well in the pre-season matches, I had no reason to take the shirt from Wayne.”

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson.

The newly-promoted side started the match brightly and had the Eagles on the back foot at Craven Cottage, yet the 31-year-old stood strong between the sticks.

In the first five minutes, Hennessey dove brilliantly to his left to claw away a rasping drive from Cyrus Christie. He followed that up by denying Aleksandar Mitrovic’s smashed strikes on a number of occasions, frustrating the Serbian striker.

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The goalkeeper’s saves were ever the more impressive considering the lack of clear-cut rebounds they produced. With winger Ryan Sessegnon eager to pounce on any loose ball in the box, Hennessey made sure to parry shots well away from the danger area and maintain his clean sheet.

Vital to Crystal Palace’s defensive solidity in their opening Premier League win in SW6, Wayne Hennessey repaid his manager’s faith and earned himself a place in the team of the week.

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Team of the Week: Crystal Palace’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka shines in season opener

The 20-year-old was a stand-out performer from Palace’s opening day victory.

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For many Premier League supporters without an in-depth knowledge of Crystal Palace, Aaron Wan-Bissaka was probably best known for being a cheap defensive option in fantasy football – until this weekend.

After his sterling display in Palace’s 2-0 victory over newly-promoted Fulham, the 20-year-old defender is rightly drawing mass accolades and receiving the recognition he deserves as one of England’s brightest young defenders.

“I thought he was excellent, both defensively and offensively.”

– Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson

Matched up against another fellow English starlet, 18-year-old left winger Ryan Sessegnon, Wan-Bissaka excelled and neutralised the attacker all match long– a feat which was revealed in the right back’s match statistics.

According to Opta, Wan-Bissaka made four tackles, six clearances, four interceptions, and one block at Craven Cottage. These contributions were vital as Palace kept an opening-day clean sheet, and Wan-Bissaka’s diligent tracking of Sessegnon denied Fulham the chance at goal.

Perhaps Sessegnon’s most dangerous trait is his ability to drift into goalscoring positions and slot home rebounds or low crosses, and there were plenty of opportunities on Saturday as goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey made a number of saves from the shots of Aleksandar Mitrovic.

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Normally, Fulham supporters would expect the 18-year-old to be at hand to slot home the resulting scraps, yet at every ocassion it was instead Wan-Bissaka who intelligently cleared the danger.

In addition, the 20-year-old defender provided some integral attacking contributions, recording 69 touches (the most of any Palace player) and supplying the composed assist for Wilfried Zaha’s second half goal.

Wan-Bissaka shrugged off a challenge from Mitrovic, strode past a flat-footed Sessegnon, and slipped Zaha clean through to make it 2-0, a wonderful, driving run that sealed the match for the Eagles.

In all, the young Englishman played a stellar match and was one of Crystal Palace’s standout performers, staking his claim for a place in the team of the week and perhaps an England call-up later this year.

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