Twitter Reacts as Christian Benteke Clinches Liverpool Win over Sunderland

Tom WebbUK Staff WriterDecember 30, 2015

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 30:  Christian Benteke of Liverpool celebrates with team-mate Adam Lallana and Roberto Firmino of Liverpool as Vito Mannone of Sunderland shows his dejection during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Liverpool at Stadium of Light on December 30, 2015 in Sunderland, England.  (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
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Liverpool moved up to seventh in the Premier League with a 1-0 win over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Wednesday.

The game provided a rare outing for former Manchester United defender Wes Brown, who was drafted into a struggling Sunderland defence:

Ah Wes Brown. The only Champions League winner from the 20th century still playing.

— James Dutton (@jrgdutton) December 30, 2015

Wes Brown looks a bit like Wendell from The Simpsons. Pass it on.

— Paddy Power (@paddypower) December 30, 2015

The highly rated Duncan Watmore, who immediately impressed the home support, soon joined him on the pitch:

Watmore using his university education to work out that fans are delighted if you chase down players

— Duncan Alexander (@oilysailor) December 30, 2015

Duncan Watmore and that actor from Game of Thrones and This is England and stuff: separated at birth.

— Alex Hess (@A_Hess) December 30, 2015

For Liverpool, Christian Benteke continued to struggle up front:

#LFC fans enjoying Benteke’s first-half performance at Sunderland...

— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) December 30, 2015

Benteke looks like he prepared for this game with a four tins of Quality Street and a novelty-sized Toblerone.

— Paddy Power (@paddypower) December 30, 2015

More worrying today than Benteke’s non-movement is two big aerial duels vs. Coates and Brown, he didn’t even go in for them, never mind win.

— Karl Matchett (@karlmatchett) December 30, 2015

There's a parallel universe where Benteke is still at Villa and Villa are 16th and everyone's saying "yeah good move from Villa keeping him"

— Duncan Alexander (@oilysailor) December 30, 2015

We're not in that universe

— Duncan Alexander (@oilysailor) December 30, 2015

But it was the big Belgian who made the breakthrough within a minute of the second half:

Some Liverpool fans are gutted. That Benteke goal does their latest tactics blog no favours.

— Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius) December 30, 2015

#LFC fans enjoying Christian Benteke’s second-half performance much more than his first 45 😂

— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) December 30, 2015

Second successive game in which Benteke's been rubbish but scored. Makes for an interesting division of opinion. #LFC

— Sam Tighe (@stighefootball) December 30, 2015

Get in @chrisbenteke ⚽️🙌.

— Danny Ings (@IngsDanny) December 30, 2015

Benteke then missed a glorious opportunity to make the game safe as Sunderland pushed for an equaliser:

Benteke's contract stipulates a goal and a sitter each game.

— Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius) December 30, 2015

Rooney, Sterling, Benteke - three terrible man of the match shouts this week #headsgone

— Pete Evans (@PeteEvans87) December 30, 2015

But the Reds held on to claim the three points:

Sunderland 0-1 Liverpool Christian Benteke strikes again with another bizarre bad-good-bad #LFC display. #Winner

— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) December 30, 2015

Premier League goalscorers get you Premier League points. Mad that, eh? No wonder they cost so much. #LFC #Benteke

— Mark Jones (@Mark_Jones86) December 30, 2015

Yes boys! 👌🏾@LFC #RedOrDead

— Divock Origi #27 (@DivockOrigi) December 30, 2015

Big Benteke the match winner again. Good festive period for Big Ben and Liverpool!

— Neil Mellor (@NeilMellor33) December 30, 2015

@LFC 3points! 👍👍 job done.

— Moeen Ali (@MoeenAli) December 30, 2015