24 Sept 2016

Lineker raves: 'Fantastic' Liverpool flop is worth '£30m'; insists transfer is money 'well spent'

Christian Benteke rarely got a chance to prove himself under Jurgen Klopp, but after his £32m transfer to Crystal Palace, Benteke is clearly benefiting from being trusted (and played) by his new manager.

Benteke^ grabbed a trademark goal for Palace today to secure a 3-2 victory over Sunderland, and after the game, Gary Lineker enthused:

"Palace come from two down to win in the dying seconds with a Benteke header. £30 million quid well spent".

So far, Palace are unbeaten in five games with Benteke in the starting line-up, but it remains to be seen whether he'll ultimately end up justifying his massive transfer fee. I personally feel he will, and his figures from last season arguably suggest that there are good things ahead for the Belgian this year.

Despite being marginalised, publicly criticised, barely played, and constantly used as a sub and/or subbed off (in 75% of games overall), Benteke still weighed in with 16 goals/assists for Liverpool last season, and achieved a better minutes-per-goal/assist ratio than Roberto Firmino.

Liverpool face Crystal Palace in just over a month, and the rules of Sod's law dictate that the script is already written: Benteke will probably score, and it'll probably be the winning goal.

^ Described by Alan Pardew as 'fantastic' and 'iconic'


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