Five goals that helped secure Christian Benteke his Liverpool move

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After a long and arduous transfer saga, Liverpool have finally confirmed a £32.5m deal for highly-rated Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke.

The Belgian has scored 42 league goals since 2012 - a record bested by only Sergio Aguero (55), Luis Suarez (54) and Robin van Persie (48) - giving Reds fans reason to hope that their goalscoring form of old will be rediscovered.

Here are five goals scored by the 24-year-old against his new club that should get the Liverpool faithful excited:


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#1 & #2 Liverpool 1 - 3 Aston Villa 15/12/12

Liverpool’s top-four ambitions suffered a massive blow against an inspired Villa on this day, losing 3-1 at home. Benteke played a massive role in their victory by scoring twice and providing an assist.

Allowed the time and space to fire from 22 yards, his curling shot struck the inside of the post and past the outstretched goalkeeper Pepe Reina for 1-0. The Belgian then tricked the Reds defence with a splendid backheel pass to Andreas Weimann who scored the second.

For the third, Benteke dribbled past the baffled centre backs and finished into the roof of the net.

#3 Aston Villa 1 - 2 Liverpool 31/03/13

Fast forward to March 2013 for the next Premier League encounter between the two and the Reds were still bidding for place in Europe while their opponents were fighting to escape the drop.

Villa came closee to taking all three points when Benteke, laid-off by Gabriel Agbonlahor, fired home from the edge of the box.

His goal wasn't enough, though, as the Reds came from behind through goals from Jordan Henderson and Steven Gerrard, whose second-half strikes ultimately secured the points for the Merseyside giants.

#4 Liverpool 2 - 2 Aston Villa 18/01/14

It looked to be a disastrous day at the office for Liverpool who stepped out at Anfield with an overly offensive line-up against a resurgent Villa.

Raheem Sterling and Phillipe Coutinho supported an attacking line involving the-then prolific partnership of Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, while the supporting midfield roles were offered to the defensively unsuited duo of Gerrard and Henderson.

Villa opened the scoring before the half hour mark, before Benteke added a second ten minutes later to further condemn Liverpool's woes.

The Belgian surged into the Reds’ box unchallenged to head home, courtesy of poor defending from Martin Skrtel and Kolo Toure.

#5 Aston Villa 2 - 1 Liverpool 19/04/15

When the two sides met in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley, the odds were in Liverpool's favour despite their below-par season.

The Reds were still in contention to win the last remaining tournament they participated in. Instead, Brendan Rodgers’ side imploded and Villa picked the prize of an inspired performance.

Benteke’s dominance in the opposition's half was instrumental for the semi-final triumph which secured Villa’s first FA Cup final since 2000.

The towering forward was in a prolific form in the build up to the spectacle, scoring nine goals in seven outings, and slotted home from inside the box after a clever back pass from Fabian Delph.

Delph himself sealed the deal for Villa in the second half, but Benteke’s power, complemented by the creativity of Jack Grealish and Charles N’Zogbia, proved an unstoppable force against the Reds.

Excited, Liverpool fans?

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