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Liverpool's Christian Benteke: I had to take penalty at Crystal Palace

Christian Benteke has said there was no question as to whether he would take Liverpool's match-winning penalty at Crystal Palace on Sunday and was certain he would score despite his recent drought.

The 96th-minute penalty, which secured a 2-1 win at Selhurst Park, brought a first goal in 14 appearances for Benteke, who has struggled for form and had limited game time.

Benteke -- who won the penalty -- faced added pressure given that he had yet to score in 2016, but he produced a calm finish to given Liverpool the three points.

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"When the referee pointed to the penalty spot, straight away I said I would take the responsibility," the striker told Liverpool's official website. "No matter what, I had to take it and in my mind I was sure I was going to score.

"I'm very happy to help the team and I have to say everyone worked really hard, especially Divock [Origi] in attack. It was easier for me at the end because [the Palace players] were a bit tired.

"Hopefully I'm going to score a lot of goals between now and the end of the season, but as long we win that is the main thing."

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Christian Benteke ended his goal drought to give Liverpool victory at Crystal Palace.

Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana praised the Belgian's "ice-cool" finish and backed him to produce more such moments after putting his goalless streak behind him.

Lallana told the Liverpool Echo: "I was delighted for Christian.

"He's been working extremely hard lately to try to get back in the team. He's a top striker. He has proved himself in the Premier League. Sometimes you go through barren spells, we've all had them.

"He showed great composure to score after being brought down for the penalty. It was ice-cool the way he put it away. It's a massive moment for Christian and the team. I'm sure he'll push on from this now."

Tom is ESPN FC's Liverpool correspondent. Follow him on Twitter @writertombell.


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