Liverpool transfers: Five of Christian Benteke best goals
Here are five of Christian Benteke's best goals for Aston Villa amid reports of a move to Liverpool
1) Aston Villa vs. Norwich, 2014
In a season which ended in misery for the Belgian international as he missed out on the World Cup after picking up a long-term injury, there was a brief moment of joy as he scored one of the goals of the season against the Canaries at Villa Park. Collecting a ball into the box on his chest, the big Belgian then hit a volley over his shoulder to slam home the equaliser. The goal proved pivotal as he helped Villa turn around a 1-0 deficit to emerge 4-1 victors.
2) Aston Villa vs Liverpool in FA Cup semi-final, 2015
Aston Villa’s 2014/15 season was sparked back into life by a resurgent Benteke under the leadership of Tim Sherwood, and nothing was more representative of this than his goal against Liverpool at Wembley. With the Villains reeling from an opener from Phillipe Coutinho, fans may have been fearing the worst. But after some fine work down the wing, followed by a pull back from Fabian Delph to the edge of the box, Benteke made no mistake as he tucked home beyond the outstretched grasp of Simon Mignolet.
3) Aston Villa vs. Manchester United, December 2014
In what proved to be a barren first half of the season, Benteke still managed to provide a world class effort as Villa held the Red Devils to a draw at Villa Park. Opening the scoring, the Belgian cut inside from 16 yards before curling a left-footed effort into the far post and beyond a powerless David De Gea in goal.
4) Aston Villa vs. Crystal Palace, December 2014
And Benteke also showed glimpses of his talent in the second half of the season with a fine solo effort against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park to pick up three points. Stealing the ball off Scott Dann on the halfway line, the Belgian steamed towards goal before curling a disguised effort into the far corner beyond Julian Speroni.
5) Aston Villa vs QPR, 2015
With Aston Villa struggling over the course of the season to survive the drop zone, Benteke’s wonderful form at the end of the campaign was of great relief to the Villains. He scored some critical strikes, and none more important than a late equaliser against eventually relegated Queens Park Rangers. Trailing 3-2 in the final ten minutes, the hosts were granted a free kick in a central position on the edge of the box. Benteke stepped up and slammed an effort in off the post to send the Villa Park faithful into elation.
Special mentions also go to his 2012 show-stealing performance at Anfield, with two great strikes and an assist.