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Big Sam ‘would have bet’ on Benteke’s revenge at Liverpool – if he was allowed to

Date Posted,April 23, 2017

Sam Allardyce revealed it was written in the stars that Christian Benteke would take his revenge on the Liverpool team who dumped him.

And the Palace boss suggested he would be rich man were he allowed a football bet…because he KNEW the big striker would prove the match-winner against his former club.

Benteke grabbed an immensely satisfying brace to claw his side back from a brilliant Philippe Coutinho opener and make a massive point to Reds boss Jurgen Klopp , who sold him in the summer.

The striker had criticised Klopp for not giving him a real chance at Anfield, despite 10 goals in 42 games for the club, and afterwards he produced a big smile as he said: “I was motivated I would say!”

Christian Benteke scores but doesn’t celebrate against his old team (Photo: Rex Features)

Benteke now has seven goals in eight games against the club, and has never been on the losing side as a visiting player on the ground, and his manager said:

“If I could have had a bet I’d have bet on him scoring today… but sadly I couldn’t,” he said with a grin.

“He’s been on great form, and never stopped getting into great places in the box, so I always felt he would score.”

Christian Benteke is congratulated on his goal by old Liverpool teammate Mamadou Sakho (Photo: Liverpool Echo)

Allardyce felt Liverpool were exposed tactically by his side, and he revealed that they had a simple game-plan to expose the weakness of Klopp’s team both on set pieces and defending counter attacks.

The canny manager seemed to take a huge dig at the German manager’s approach when he said: I thought we were from start to finish today tactically exceptional.

“With our limited possession we exposed Liverpool’s weaknesses time and time again today and ultimately that has brought us from 1-0 down to win it.

“I give the players huge amount of credit for the way they defended and how they exposed the weaknesses of Liverpool today defensively, which in the end they couldn’t cope with.

Christian Benteke scores for Crystal Palace to make it 1-1
Christian Benteke scores for Crystal Palace to make it 1-1 (Photo: Rex Features)

“If you look at what Liverpool created today that was very little Both full-backs will go right up the pitch, which means Matip and Lovren are very exposed and because they are very exposed in that position, if you get the right runners in behind then they are two big men that don’t like turning. That’s exacty what we did.

“On the corners everyone knows Liverpool are pretty weak, they conceded six off corners which we told the lads about. It’s now seven off that corner that has got us the winner.”

Christian Benteke grabs the winning goal (Photo: Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Klopp was despondent afterwards and admitted his side gave away two poor goals. “We gave them an opportunity out of nothing. One long ball, nothing good to say about this moment.

“Then we did it again, out of nothing give the corner away, if they hit the ball first post then it’s a bad corner, but we didn’t clear it – goal. “Christian Benteke is an outstanding striker absolutely no doubt about it. But if you leave him alone like we did then I’m not sure he needs all his skills to score.”

Crystal Palace players celebrate netting the winner (Photo: John Powell)

Klopp though refused to be defeated and insisted his side will bounce back to try to claim a top four spot.

“I know a lot of people are now thinking ‘oh my God Champions’ League slips through our fingers again – only if we let it slip,” he said.

“We have to try to get as much now, squeeze as much as we can from the last four games.”

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