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'One player'; Garth Crooks makes bizarre claim about 'exceptional' Liverpool man

Garth Crooks claims Liverpool can only really depend on one player. This comes after their 3-3 draw away at Brentford.

Liverpool’s game at Brentford didn’t go the way they’d have hoped. With a title to challenge for, winning against newly-promoted sides feels almost necessary.

And really, the Reds did enough to win. They created tons of great chances and put three of them away – they just let themselves down.

Liverpool conceded three sloppy goals, sending the two teams away with a point each. They’ll certainly look back with regret as a tighter defence would have won the game.

But then, so would a better day of finishing. Diogo Jota and Mohamed Salah both scored in the game but they really should have scored at least one more each. You can argue they both should have taken a match ball home.

Mistakes at the back and up top cost Liverpool, then, and that’s enough to have people doubting, it seems.

Garth Crooks on Liverpool

Garth Crooks claims Liverpool can only really depend on one player and the draw with Brentford showcased that. Jordan Henderson is the sole star – despite the club ‘trying to write him off’.

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“Liverpool keep trying to write this lad off but when the Merseysiders hit the buffers, and they did against Brentford, Henderson is the one player they can depend on to see them through the crisis,” he wrote for the BBC.

“An exceptional professional.”

What a bizarre take. Now, Henderson is undoubtedly exceptional and an incredibly important member of this Liverpool team – possibly more than people realise.

But the only player Liverpool can depend on to see them through a crisis? Just about all of that is wrong.

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For one thing, this wasn’t a crisis. This was a draw against a Brentford side that played very well but a game Liverpool win more often than not. Add that the club sits top of the league and it’s very difficult to see the crisis here.

But the idea that Henderson is the only one Liverpool can count on is very strange. Especially on a day when Salah – even if he missed chances – scored yet again. On a day when Curtis Jones scored and produced a very promising midfield display.

We’ll also just leave the part about ‘writing him off’. Starting a player every week as captain for years and handing him a new contract is a weird way of writing him off.

Is Henderson brilliant? Of course. But he’s far from the only reliable member of this title-winning squad. We’re not sure what Crooks is on about.

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