Liverpool striker Christian Benteke runs rule over Man United goal

Liverpool striker Christian Benteke says his overhead kick at Old Trafford was tainted by 3-1 loss to Man United

Christian Benteke says his overhead kick at Old Trafford was important for his confidence, but admits the goal was tainted by a 3-1 loss to Manchester United.

The Belgium international halved the deficit following goals from Daley Blind and Ander Herrera after the £32.5m signing netted an acrobatic scissor kick in the 84th minute.

I had some luck and I am happy with it, but we didn’t get the three points/p>Christian Benteke

However, United substitute Anthony Martial scored his debut goal two minutes later to overshadow Benteke’s effort and end the prospect of an unlikely Liverpool comeback.

Speaking to Liverpool’s website, Benteke said: “It was just instinct. I saw the ball come into the box and I just thought I had to try it.

“I had some luck and I am happy with it, but we didn’t get the three points.

“For my own confidence it was good, [it is] for a striker to score, but at the end of the day I would have rather taken the three points and so I’m disappointed.”

Benteke completed a big-money move to Liverpool from Aston Villa in the summer after a return of 42 goals in 88 Premier League games during a three-year stay.

The towering Belgian striker is the second most-expensive signing in Liverpool’s history behind Reds flop Andy Carroll.

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The 24-year-old scored his first Reds goal in a 1-0 victory over Bournemouth at Anfield earlier this season.

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