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.
Properly cool and well-executed stutter penalty that. Keeper dived, Benteke adjusts mid run-up and puts it other side
— James Martin (@JamesMartin013) March 6, 2016
— MR SARCASM (@TWEETSARCASIM) March 6, 2016
I see Benteke bailed Klopp out of a mess today.
Brendan is never wrong. He is world class
— Deluded Brendan (@DeludedBrendan) March 6, 2016
So Benteke’s last four goals have been match winners. What a hero.
— Mushtaq Quraishi (@mushtaqquraishi) March 6, 2016
— Andy Decker (@AndyDecker15) March 6, 2016
Benteke. What a hero. You’re bigger than Martin Luther King atm, pal.
— InggrisLiverpoolFC (@IndoLiverpoolfc) March 6, 2016
However, many were unconvinced that Delaney’s challenge on Benteke warranted a penalty.
#CRYLIV Admittedly, that was a soft penalty. Benteke, who wasn’t going anywhere, felt contact from Delaney’s knee and went down.
— Chris Deacon (@deaconcj) March 6, 2016
dont think there was enough contact to bring a man like benteke down but contact is contact therefore penalty
— Harry (@abcdefgharry_) March 6, 2016
That shouldn’t have been a penalty at all. Little contact to Benteke. He himself wasn’t sure if he got hit. Liverpool got lucky there.
— Kashvinder Mann (@KashMann27) March 6, 2016
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.