Sport Klopp wary of familiar foe Benteke at Crystal Palace

20:16  20 april  2017
20:16  20 april  2017 Source:   Goal.com

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Jurgen Klopp has urged Liverpool to be on their guard when their former team-mate Christian Benteke visits with Crystal Palace on Sunday. Benteke struggled for regular first-team opportunities under the German and was subsequently sold to Palace at the start of this season.

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Jurgen Klopp has urged Liverpool to be on their guard when their former team-mate Christian Benteke visits with Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Benteke struggled for regular first-team opportunities under the German and was subsequently sold to Palace at the start of this season.

He has 12 Premier League goals in 30 appearances for the Eagles, and Klopp knows the Belgian's aerial threat is something his defensive line will have to manage.

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"Crystal Palace are really strong with unbelievable skills in offensive lines. [Wilfried] Zaha, [Andros] Townsend, Christian, [Jason] Puncheon, they are really good footballers," Klopp said in Thursday's media conference.

Leicester draw like a win for Palace – Allardyce

  Leicester draw like a win for Palace – Allardyce Sam Allardyce was delighted with Crystal Palace's draw with Leicester City, while opposite number Craig Shakespeare was less than impressed.Crystal Palace's 2-2 draw with Leicester City felt like a win for Sam Allardyce as his side came from two goals down to salvage a point.

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And the striker, who joined Crystal Palace this month for a similar fee, has admitted his replacement Klopp was never going to be a perfect match for him. Twitter reacts as Liverpool sell Christian Benteke to Crystal Palace .

"When the ball is in the air Christian is a major threat and he is another player with confidence on a good run. If we let them cross 50 balls it's pretty likely he will have some dangerous headers.

"When balls are in the air he's the main threat. He has 14 goals for Palace [in all competitions]. He has confidence and is in a good run. That is one of the best offensive lines in the Premier League. We know how to play against them but nevertheless we have to show it."

Benteke's compatriot Divock Origi has provided much of Liverpool's physical presence up front this season, his performance during Sunday's 1-0 win at West Brom earning particular praise from his manager.

"He had these moments when he kept the ball for us really physically - against the defensive line of West Brom, that's really difficult and that helped us so much," Klopp said.

"Having one or two chances, being involved in two or three more offensive situations, that's what a striker's life is, somehow. You cannot always be only the guy who makes the last touch for an easy goal.

"So that's what I thought was a really big step for him. But we all know he was in shape like this last year around the Everton game, before the Everton game, and then [he was] done with the injury.

"He needed this time to get the level again, but we have to do everything to help him get consistency in this. In this moment, how it looks in training and everything, he's obviously in a good way."

Allardyce would take Benteke over Kane .
Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce has made the bold claim that he would not swap Christian Benteke for any striker in the league, including Harry Kane. When asked about the form of the Belgian hitman, Allardyce said that he would not swap him for anyone on present form. Benteke has scored 14 Premier League goals for Palace since his big money from Liverpool last summer. Harry Kane has scored 20 Premier League goals for Tottenham, whilst Romelu Lukaku is top of the charts with 24 goals for Everton. Benteke, however, has netted five goals in his last fives matches for a Palace side which have won six of their last eight games in the league. Speaking to The Daily Mail, Allardyce said this about Benteke: “I wouldn’t swap him at this moment. Christian was the leading scorer when I arrived, and then had a bit of a lean spell.” “Then a goal against Bournemouth, missed a few before and after that, then there was a resurgence of confidence after scoring two in Russia for Belgium. Being away on international duty did him the world of good for us.” Benteke scored twice against Liverpool at the weekend to secure a 2-1 win for Palace and push to within two points of the desired 40-point mark for the season.

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