Christian Benteke runs rule over his first Liverpool goal
Liverpool striker Christian Benteke says it was a great feeling to score in front of The Kop on Monday night
Christian Benteke says it was important that he opened his Liverpool account after the £32.5m striker scored the winner against Bournemouth on Monday night.
The Belgium international, who moved from Aston Villa to become Liverpool’s second most-expensive transfer of all-time, struck from close range after 26 minutes although Philippe Coutinho was offside.
I’m very happy to have scored tonight and helped the team take three points
Benteke, who scored 13 goals in 28 games for the Birmingham side last year, had the chance to cap his Anfield debut with a brace but his late effort beat Artur Boruc but his the woodwork.
Speaking to Liverpool’s website after having scored his first Reds goal, Benteke lifted the lid on the feeling of scoring in front of The Kop.
“That’s why I came here – the support was massive tonight and they helped us,” Benteke said.
“Now we have six points and we want to keep going and work hard.
“It was important for me on my debut at Anfield to score and help the team win.
“I’m very happy to have scored tonight and helped the team take three points. But the more important thing tonight was the clean sheet and the three points.”
Benteke made his Liverpool debut in a 1-0 victory over Stoke City at The Britannia last weekend as Philippe Coutinho scored a dramatic winner.
The Reds make the trip to top-four rival Arsenal in their next Premier League outing on Monday night.