BBC pundit Garth Crooks took on the difficult task of selecting Liverpool players for his Team of the Week on the back of their 7-0 win.
Liverpool beat Crystal Palace 7-0 on Saturday and BBC Pundit Garth Crooks has picked out four players for his Team of the Week.
It’s an unenviable task. Everyone was great for Liverpool, with some players putting in their best of the season.
Crooks, though, narrowed things down to four. So let’s have a look at what he said.
“Matip hasn’t found it easy to settle in at Liverpool, especially since the arrival of Virgil van Dijk, but the Cameroonian looks very impressive alongside the combative Fabinho,” he wrote.
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“Together, they are becoming a formidable pair.”
Crooks is all over the place here, in truth. Before this paragraph, he commended Matip for his performance against Tottenham Hotspur – a game he didn’t play in.
We also don’t agree that Matip ‘hasn’t found it easy to settle in’. In fact, that’s quite a bizarre notion.
Matip played alongside Van Dijk in Liverpool’s victorious Champions League campaign. The Cameroonian then played so well alongside the Dutchman last season that he won PFA Player of the Month for September.
We do, however, agree that Matip and Fabinho look like a great duo. So there’s that.
“[Henderson] started and finished the game brilliantly against Spurs and did precisely the same against Crystal Palace,” said Crooks. “His goal against the Eagles was the culmination of wonderful football and a superb finish.
“He doesn’t score many but when he does they are often beauties. Another excellent display by Captain Marvel.”
Hard to argue with any of this. Henderson is the heartbeat of the team and arguably the most important player right now.
He was fantastic once again against Palace, from front to back.
“Salah had only been on the pitch for a matter of minutes and he was among the goals,” said Crooks. “His instinctive header and superb strike just epitomised Liverpool’s class.”
Crooks actually spends most of this one talking about Sadio Mane’s substitution but the little he does say about Salah is bang on.
The Egyptian just dominated the game once he was on. He set up Roberto Firmino for a goal and then grabbed two of his own.
What a sensational player.
“Firmino started and finished one of the best moves I’ve seen all season,” says Crooks. “The ball from Andy Robertson was just out of this world. It was the beginning of the end for Palace and a worthy addition to Firmino’s superb header against Spurs.
“Firmino was struggling a few weeks ago. He’s not any more – he’s now back in business.”
Couldn’t agree more. Firmino’s first goal was utterly sensational and summed him up perfectly.
His second was that of a world-class no.9. In all, this was Firmino’s best performance of the season. Hopefully, the last two games are just the start.