By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens

Christian Benteke put months of misery behind him to maintain Liverpool’s Premier League winning run with a contentious winner at Crystal Palace – and Twitter went into meltdown.

The struggling striker came off the bench with the Merseysiders reduced to 10 men, and won and then converted a late penalty four minutes into added time to secure a 2-1 triumph.

Benteke was clipped by the right knee of Damian Delaney deep into the penalty box as he ran on to a Philippe Coutinho pass in the final seconds of the match at Selhurst Park.

The Belgian then took responsibility to take the spot-kick and was not afraid to do his trademark stutter in his run-up, which sent Alex McCarthy the wrong way before he passed the ball into the opposite corner.

Liverpool fans took to Twitter to pay tribute to the ice-coolness of the striker, who has not started a Premier League match since the start of January.

However, many were unconvinced that Delaney’s challenge on Benteke warranted a penalty.

Liverpool’s win at Selhurst Park was their third in a row in the Premier League and keeps alive their faint hopes of a top-four Premier League finish.