Christian Benteke explains how his job was made easier by Liverpool teammates against Crystal Palace

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Benteke came off the bench to score the winning goal in Liverpool's victory against Crystal Palace.

Liverpool forward Christian Benteke said his job was made a little easier when he came off the bench to replace Divock Origi, thanks to the work of his fellow countryman and his teammates in tiring the Crystal Palace defence.

Benteke found the net for the first time since the end of December after he won a penalty in the closing stages at Selhurst Park - dispatching the spot-kick to secure a 2-1 win for the Reds, making it three wins on the bounce.

Though Origi may not have had the joy in front of goal he would've wanted, he certainly gave the Palace centre-halves something to think about as he managed to rough up both Scott Dann and Damien Delaney. The former ended up in the book for wrestling Origi to the ground, while Delaney was the man who brought down Benteke to give him the opportunity to win the game.

Benteke told the official Liverpool website: “When the referee pointed to the penalty spot, straight away I said I would take the responsibility. No matter what, I had to take it and in my mind I was sure I was going to score.

“I’m very happy to help the team and I have to say everyone worked really hard, especially Divock [Origi] in attack. It was easier for me at the end because they [Palace defenders] were a bit tired.

“Hopefully I’m going to score a lot of goals between now and the end of the season, but as long we win that is the main thing.”

It took a lot of bottle for Benteke given his troubles at Anfield this season and his recent goalscoring drought, and that it decided the game. It also said a lot about the faith that his manager Jurgen Klopp put in him towards the end of the game as Daniel Sturridge was also on the bench, and was unused yesterday afternoon.

With that cooly taken penalty, Benteke remained joint top goalscorer on eight goals, and he will hope that he can get on a scoring run in the coming games.

For all the talk that he doesn't suit Liverpool's style, and they don't suit him, if he were to get on a goalscoring run and get in the mid-teens in all competitions this season, it will certainly give the manager food for thought as to his role at the club.

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