Christian Benteke endured a miserable one-season stay at Anfield before being sold by Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp in August.
CHRISTIAN BENTEKE returned to haunt Liverpool today with a brace for Crystal Palace.
"Christian Benteke is an outstanding striker", he reasoned.
"I think when you talk about possession Liverpool had a huge amount but chances on goal we were right up there with Liverpool and we were more clinical". "I'm not sure whether punishing honesty and desire makes sense", he pondered.
The home side dominated but conceded an equaliser just before halftime when Benteke scored from a cross by Yohan Cabaye. Jason Puncheon's inswinging corner from the right was low and poor and should have been cleared by Roberto Firmino at the near post.
His second was a poacher's header from six yards, and it came in the 74th minute after some lax Liverpool defending at a corner kick.
"On the corner, everybody knows Liverpool are pretty weak".
The win saw Palace climb to 12th in the English Premier League, seven places off the relegation zone.
Cheerleading on the visitors' bench for a game he was ineligible to feature in was weird to say the least but even more so his celebration with Benteke. People will look at the Palace game and suggest we can't but it's hardly the first time Palace - in particular - have been a banana peel for Liverpool.
He then got the victor by heading home an Andros Townsend header as Palace continued their hot streak of six wins in eight which include victories over Chelsea, Arsenal and now Liverpool, taking them to the brink of safety.
Mamadou Sakho was ineligible to play against his parent club, but Palace didn't miss the Liverpool loanee as centre-backs Martin Kelly and James Tomkins were both impenetrable, especially in the air.
"Thirty-eight has been safe for a long time but we're not mathematically safe yet", he said.
DF Dejan Lovren, 4 - Allowed Yohan Cabaye to get in behind him for the first goal and then was at fault twice in the build-up to the corner that led to the Palace victor.
Liverpool were by no means at their fluid best in the first half and it ended up being an act of individual brilliance which gave them the lead, Philippe Coutinho's stunning free-kick giving Wayne Hennessey little chance.
Liverpool remain third with a three-point advantage over fifth-placed Manchester United - 2-0 winners at Burnley earlier in the day - who have two games in hand, one of which is against Manchester City who sit third.