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Crystal Palace striker Benteke: I'd be Liverpool star

Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke has claimed he could make it into Liverpool's first team if he was still playing at Anfield.

The Belgian striker made the move to Palace in 2016 after just one season with the Reds.

He told Sportbible: "Yeah. It's easy to say now because I play for Palace and they play for Liverpool, but when you train every day with the same players and the manager believes in you, it's easier.

"People will say I'm making excuses, but everyone knows the club was going through a transition when I was there.

"If you compare the team from when I was there to the current team, I think there are only three, four players still in the first XI, most of them are new."

Benteke scored 10 times in 42 appearances for Liverpool following his transfer from Aston Villa in 2015.

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