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Christian Benteke shocks Liverpool to lift Crystal Palace’s hopes

Christian Benteke came back to haunt his former club as Crystal Palace beat Liverpool at Anfield to take a giant stride towards Premier League survival and dent their opponents’ top-four aspirations.

Christian Benteke
Christian Benteke

Benteke scored in either half as Sam Allardyce’s Eagles mounted a brilliant fightback after Liverpool took the lead through Philippe Coutinho’s fine free-kick.

Liverpool sold Benteke to Palace last summer for £5m less than they paid for the Belgium striker a year earlier, but it was his burly presence in the final third that proved the difference in an entertaining contest.

His first was a well-taken strike high into the net from Yohan Cabaye’s low cross, his second a poacher’s header from six yards after some lax Liverpool defending at a corner.

Palace – who also earned a brilliant win at leaders Chelsea on 1 April – have won six of their last eight league games to move on to 38 points, seven clear of danger and are all but assured of another season of top-flight football.

They have now triumphed on their last three league visits to Anfield – the first team to achieve that feat since Chelsea in October 2005.

Jurgen Klopp’s Reds stay in third place, but they have played two games more than both Manchester City in fourth place and fifth-placed Manchester United, who are two and three points back respectively. BBC Sport