Photos: Christian Benteke doing damage to Liverpool in Aston Villa days

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Christian Benteke has always been a thorn in Liverpool's side.

Liverpool announced the signing of Christian Benteke from Aston Villa on Wednesday in a deal that is said to be worth around £32.5 million - as reported by the BBC.

One way in which the second most expensive transfer in the club's history will benefit the Reds - aside from the goals they hope he is going to get for them - is that their latest recruit won't be finding the net against them anymore - having scored five times in six games for Villa against his new employers.

Here are a collection of images from the times when Benteke been a thorn in Liverpool's side: 

The Reds were stunned by a Benteke masterclass in December 2012. A cool finish from the edge of the area put Villa in front, while his back-heel in a well-constructed move allowed Andreas Weimann to double their lead. After the half-time interval, Benteke bullied his way through Liverpool and slotted past Pepe Reina to make it 3-0 before a Steven Gerrard consolation rounded off the scoring, in a performance where everyone was talking about the Belgian.

Liverpool were given a sense of de ja vu when they visited Villa Park in the reverse fixture of that season, with Benteke dropping off to volley Villa into a first-half lead after giving the Reds defence nightmares once again. This, however, was an improved Liverpool side that came out fighting in the second half, with Jordan Henderson cooly chipping over the advancing Brad Guzan in the Villa goal, before Steven Gerrard put Liverpool ahead from the penalty spot after a foul on Luis Suarez. Benteke nearly struck again, only for his header to be cleared off the line by Gerrard, allowing Liverpool to hold out for the win.

When Liverpool fans look back at this game, they will see it as an opportunity missed given how close they came to ending their title drought. Again, Benteke's presence was a huge factor as his pace and power allowed those around him to flourish - which was illustrated when Andreas Weimann was able to tap in from close range to give Villa the lead. That effort was soon doubled by Benteke, who capitalised on a goalkeeping error from Simon Mignolet to nod the ball home. As Villa tried to protect their lead, Benteke's influence dwindled a little as Daniel Sturridge pulled a goal back on the stroke of half time, before Steven Gerrard equalised from the penalty spot when Brad Guzan was adjudged to have brought down Luis Suarez.  

Liverpool will hope this is the last time Benteke damages their hopes of silverware as he was too hot to handle on the big stage when Villa progressed to the FA Cup final at the Reds' expense. Brendan Rodgers' side had taken the lead through Philippe Coutinho, but Benteke's cool finish before half-time allowed Villa to get on level terms, and seize the momentum. He pulled Liverpool's defence all over the place, and played a huge role in Fabian Delph's winner. 

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