Phil Thompson says Liverpool have got a fantastic deal for Benteke

Liverpool's manager Juergen Klopp celebrates after the match

The striker completed a move to Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Christian Benteke celebrates scoring the first goal for LiverpoolChristian Benteke celebrates scoring the first goal for Liverpool

Speaking to Sky Sports, former Liverpool defender Phil Thompson has claimed the club got a fantastic deal for Christian Benteke.

The striker departed Anfield on Saturday as he completed a protracted move to Crystal Palace.

The Eagles have paid big money for the Belgian forward, with BBC Sport reporting they will pay £27 million up front with a further £5 million in potential add-ons.

His move brings about an end to a disappointing spell on Merseyside in which he struggled to prove himself to either Brendan Rodgers or Jurgen Klopp after a big-money move from Aston Villa last summer.

They have largely managed to make back the money they spent to sign him from Villa and Thompson says it is a fantastic deal for his old club.

“I think the change in Jurgen Klopp coming in didn’t help his cause,” he told Sky Sports.

“I just think it was circumstance and the best thing for him to do was get away. Liverpool have got a fantastic deal out of it.”

Christian Benteke celebrates scoring the first goal for LiverpoolChristian Benteke celebrates scoring the first goal for Liverpool

It will now be interesting to see if Benteke goes on to prove that Crystal Palace were right to spend big on him this summer.

It is easy to imagine he can be a success with the Eagles, with their style appearing to be a more natural fit to his game than that at Liverpool.

Key to his potential success will be the Palace wingers and if they can provide the kind of service that saw him thrive at Aston Villa.

Crystal Palace manager Alan PardewCrystal Palace manager Alan Pardew

Register for LIVERPOOL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch