Date: 26th February 2018 at 8:47pm
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Liverpool are represented in the latest Premier League team of the week that has been selected by BBC pundit Garth Crooks following the clash with West Ham United.

Actually Garth is now down as a ‘Football Analyst’ these days, a posh term for a pundit then!

The performances by Virgil van Dijk, Mohamed Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Andrew Roberson in the four one victory over West Ham United at the weekend at Anfield Stadium was enough to earn them a place in the side alongside the other, in the opinion of the former Spurs striker anyway, most impressive performers in the topflight over the latest weekend.

I think we’ll already know ourselves, and not just based on the latest performance, why Crooks, we’ll also not argue with it, selected all four as part of his team but explaining his choice he told the BBC.

van Dijk:

‘I expect Liverpool to score goals because of the way manager Jurgen Klopp sets them up. They are as exciting at home as Manchester United are dull under Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford. However, Virgil van Dijk has provided Liverpool with a stability in defence that was desperately lacking. What took them so long?’


‘I just can’t leave him out. Mo Salah scored for the sixth consecutive game in Liverpool’s win over West Ham, who ended up taking one hell of a beating. Hammers boss David Moyes thought his side played all right in the first half, but it was the second half when they got ripped to shreds.’


‘It’s starting to happen. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is beginning to look like a player again. There is no fear of the big stage in this lad. I think the only thing that is frightening about this player is just how good he could be at Anfield.’


‘He’s started 13 out of Liverpool’s past 14 league games, which speaks volumes for the lad. The quality of his crosses against West Ham would have drained the blood out of vampires.’

It’s always good to see the club represented in this way, and well played to all four for their recognition, but the most important thing about the weekend was of course the win.

Full Team:

Claudio Bravo (Manchester City), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool), Willian (Chelsea), Andrew Robertson (Liverpool), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United), Glenn Murray (Brighton).