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Klopp: Benteke a wonderful player for Palace

28 Oct 2016
Crystal Palace's new signing Christian Benteke

Liverpool manager highlights threat of former striker now starring at Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace v Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool will be up against a “wonderful player” in Christian Benteke as the striker faces his former side for Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Benteke scored nine Premier League goals for Liverpool last season before a summer transfer to Palace, where in seven PL appearances he has three goals. 

“For Crystal Palace, what a player,” he told “We know it best because we had him all the time in training.

“In the area he is really strong. He is a wonderful player, but now at Crystal Palace.” 

Benteke scored a 90th-minute winner in this fixture last season, and his manager Alan Pardew is hoping for a similar contribution from a player he says will be determined to prove a point.

“When I played against my old club West Ham a couple of weeks ago the game meant a little bit more to me, and that is just a natural human reaction,” Pardew told “I am sure that will be the same for him.” 

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