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Klopp reveals what Liverpool must do to stop Benteke in Crystal Palace clash

Date Posted,April 20, 2017

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has warned his side cannot give Crystal Palace the opportunity to deliver balls for Christian Benteke this weekend.

The two sides meet at Anfield on Sunday as Benteke makes his first return since joining Palace for £32m in the summer.

Benteke has scored 14 times for the Eagles this term after failing to impress Klopp but the Liverpool boss is aware of the dangers he possesses, reports the Liverpool Echo.

“When the ball is in the air, he is the main threat,” Klopp said.

“We felt it a lot of times here when we trained together. He is in a good run.

Benteke scores against Leicester (Photo: Getty)
The Belgian has impressed for Palace (Photo: Stuart MacFarlane)

“Like it is always when you play against Zlatan (Ibrahimovic) and these kind of strikers – tall, good with their back to the goal – you have to avoid the crosses and you have to avoid the passes. That’s how it works.

“If we let them cross 50 balls it’s pretty likely Christian will have a few dangerous headers. That’s not his only strength, of course, but that’s a real strength.

“You have to avoid passes in this area, but it’s not only for him. If you are only concentrated on Christian then (Wilfried) Zaha and (Andros) Townsend are around you.

“That’s really one of the best offensive lines in the Premier League. Then they have all the experience and size in their backline. We respect this. We know how to play against it, but nevertheless we have to show it.”

The striker failed to impress at Liverpool (Photo: John Powell)
Benteke with Jurgen Klopp (Photo: Getty)

Klopp believes Palace will though he weakened by the absence of on-loan defender Mamadou Sakho, who isn’t eligible to feature against his parent club.

The French centre-back has been key to their climb away from the drop zone with his seven appearances yielding five wins, one draw and one defeat.

“Mama is a very good defender, especially when you really defend deep as Crystal Palace are doing often,” Klopp added.

Sakho has been excellent for Palace (Photo: David Price)

“He’s a strong boy – good tackles, good blocks. Having a player like him in the team is really good. In the build up he is a cool guy.

“Having him not involved of course is not the best news for Crystal Palace, but that’s how it is.”

Klopp will be hoping that Divock Origi can exploit Sakho’s absence from Palace’s backline. The Reds boss was delighted with the young Belgian striker’s much improved performance against West Brom last weekend.

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