Garth Crooks’ team of the week: Salah, Aguero, Mane, Hazard, Tielemans


Manchester City live one point forward on the tip of the table with two games final after a slender1-0 purchase at Burnley,whereas Liverpool live in the hunt after a5-0 thrashingof Huddersfield.

None of the facets between third and sixth won – Tottenham had been overwhelmed1-0 at dwellingby West Ham and Arsenal went down3-0 at Leicester.Within the meantime, Manchester United and Chelseadrew 1-1.

Wolves are closing in on a top-seven live after winning2-1 at Watfordand Southampton secured security after a3-3 thrillerwith Bournemouth.

On the bottom, Brighton earned a in point of fact principal point in a1-1 arrangementwith Newcastle, whereas Cardiffmisplaced 1-0at relegated Fulham. Evertondrew 0-0at Crystal Palace.

Here’s my crew of the week – contain a read and capture your possess beneath.

Goalkeeper – Sergio Rico (Fulham)

I never concept that Fulham’s Rico, the goalkeeper of the crew with the worst defensive story in the league, would ever secure into my crew of the week, nonetheless he has.

Rico’s saves contain put a noose all the highest arrangement by the neck of Cardiff City. Fulham won for the third successive game beneath Scott Parker, and whereas that will perhaps secure him the vacant managerial negate at Craven Cottage, it might perhaps no longer keep the crew from relegation.

Because of the Rico, Cardiff must now beat Crystal Palace at dwelling and Manchester United away to stand any chance of survival. Stunning luck with that.

Accomplish you know?Rico made eight second-half of saves in opposition to Cardiff.

Defenders – Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Issa Diop (West Ham), Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool), Andrew Robertson (Liverpool)

Trent Alexander-Arnold:The ball from Alexander-Arnold for Mohamed Salah to catch his 68th purpose for Liverpool would possibly want to contain introduced a warm glow to Chris Lawler and Phil Neal.

Each outmoded avid gamers had been sat in the stand and watched the demolition of Huddersfield City. The 2 Liverpool legends would contain preferred the quality of the pass from the young player.

That acknowledged, Lawler become as soon as an shapely finisher and Neal an improbable defender. Alexander-Arnold desires to dirt these extinct VHS movies down and give them a search – he might perhaps well restful learn a thing or two from both these outmoded elephantine-backs.

Accomplish you know?As effectively as offering an aid for Salah’s first purpose, no Liverpool player made extra tackles in opposition to Huddersfield than Alexander-Arnold.

Issa Diop:I saw this lad play brilliantly away at Everton earlier in the season and I knew then that Diop might perhaps well defend. What I saw at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium become as soon as a defender who no longer preferrred took on the accountability at key moments nonetheless read the game beautifully.

I also concept Ryan Fredericks become as soon as spectacular in opposition to his extinct membership and that brings me to my central point. If West Ham approached each game as despite the indisputable truth that they had been taking part in Tottenham Hotspur, they would purchase the Premier League title. What’s it with these London golf equipment. Why secure they despise Tottenham loads?

Accomplish you know?Diop made extra clearances (8), interceptions (6) and blocks (3) than any varied West Ham player of their 1-0 purchase over Tottenham.

Virgil van Dijk:Did you see the purchase by Van Dijk from Alexander-Arnold’s pass in opposition to Huddersfield? He took it out of the air, and some distance flung from Steve Mounie, with the most shapely cushion from the within of his correct foot.

He then proceeded to escape some distance flung from the Huddersfield centre-forward forward of passing the excellent ball to Andrew Robertson to corrupt for Sadio Mane to catch.

Van Dijk has remodeled Liverpool’s entire defence. He has introduced authority and composure to what become as soon as on the initiating chaos. I look forward to congratulating him on his fulfillment of becoming the second consecutive Liverpool footballerto purchase the PFA Gamers’ Participant of the Yr.

Accomplish you know?Van Dijk had extra touches (122) and made extra passes (114) than any varied Liverpool player of their 5-0 purchase in opposition to Huddersfield.

Andrew Robertson:What a season this lad has had. Robertson’s quality of pass has been as upright as I in fact contain viewed from any elephantine-aid in years.

I in fact contain when put next him to the extensive German elephantine-aid Manfred Kaltz, who become as soon as the accurate defender who might perhaps well kind a ball pass esteem a boomerang.

As for Huddersfield – what a preserve it up. Will contain to it is doubtless you’ll perhaps well also very effectively be attempting to dangle why they are languishing on the foot of the Premier League table then you definately need search no further than the debacle between Jonas Lossl and Jon Gorenc Stankovic correct 15 seconds into their game in opposition to Liverpool. What a shower.

Accomplish you know?No defender has assisted extra targets in a Premier League season than Robertson has in 2018-19 (11).

Midfielders – Youri Tielemans (Leicester), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Michail Antonio (West Ham)

Youri Tielemans:The choice by referee Michael Oliver to send off Arsenal’s Ainsley Maitland-Niles become as soon as a improbable decision. If officers initiate sending off avid gamers for innocuous challenges then games will doubtless be over nearly forward of they’ve begun.

Leicester City had been left without a option nonetheless to purchase elephantine profit of this appalling error of judgement and that’s the explanation precisely what Tielemans did.

What might perhaps restful had been a spell binding contest become as soon as, in the live, a non-occasion thanks to Oliver.

Accomplish you know?Tielemans has been directly eager in seven targets in his final nine Premier League games for Leicester (3 targets, 4 assists)

Eden Hazard:The wink by Hazard in his put up-match interview acknowledged all of it. He is off.

A level away at Manchester United with one more stunning performance by the Belgium global suggests that no topic what Chelsea secure this season, Valid Madrid beckons for Hazard.

He become as soon as a class aside in opposition to United and appears to be like to be relishing his final days with Chelsea. The Europa League closing and a fourth negate live for the Blues will mean Hazard can leave Stamford Bridge with a orderly judgment of right and wrong.

Accomplish you know?No Chelsea player created extra probabilities (2) or become as soon as fouled on extra instances (3) than Hazard in opposition to Manchester United.

Michail Antonio:Here is a player who has heaps of potential, who’s solid as an ox and might perhaps well catch targets alongside with his feet and head.

West Ham’s Antonio looked as if it might perhaps well be the excellent foil for Marko Arnautovic and I’m no longer entirely certain why or no longer it is taken supervisor Manuel Pellegrini so long to ogle this bourgeoning double act.

Tottenham couldn’t take care of Antonio running in in the aid of their aid four to devastating secure. Or no longer it is miles so refreshing to see a crew prepared to play the long ball game reasonably than this continuous tippy-tappy nonsense. A be aware of advice for Antonio – preserve scoring the targets, dump the celebration.

Accomplish you know?As effectively as scoring the winner in opposition to Tottenham, no West Ham player had extra footage (4) or footage no longer off course (2) than Antonio.

Forwards – Mohamed Salah (Liverpool), Sergio Aguero (Man City), Sadio Mane (Liverpool)

Mohamed Salah:When Salah scored his purpose at Southampton, and the player ripped off his shirt with a defiant glare on the Liverpool fans who dared to doubt him, I knew he become as soon as aid.

Towards a depressed Huddersfield, who looked drained and uninterested, Salah slash them to ribbons.

Liverpool must now contain the courage to purchase their game to Barcelona in the Champions League on Wednesday. If no longer, it will doubtless be too late by the purpose Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho return to Anfield for the second leg of the semi-closing.

Accomplish you know?Salah had extra footage (8) and footage no longer off course (3) than any varied Liverpool player in opposition to Huddersfield.

Sergio Aguero:For the fifth consecutive season, Aguero reaches the 20-purpose imprint in the Premier League. It wasn’t his finest purpose, nonetheless then it wasn’t the finest game.

Burnley had nothing to lose varied than the capabilities. Nevertheless they made no strive to kind a game of it and acquired what they deserved – nothing.

All Manchester City must secure now might perhaps well be preserve their nerve. Leicester at dwelling and Brighton away stand between them and aid-to-aid titles. As for Aguero, I’ve acknowledged it forward of and I’m going to claim it again – world class avid gamers always turn up when it matters.

Accomplish you know?Aguero is preferrred the second player in Premier League historical previous to catch 20-plus targets in five consecutive campaigns, after Thierry Henry from 2001-02 to 2005-06.

Sadio Mane:The 2 headed targets by Mane in opposition to Huddersfield had been improbable nonetheless if ever a player deserved to secure a hat-trick then it become as soon as this player – and he might perhaps restful contain done.

His contribution to Liverpool’s title-nerve-racking efforts this season had been worthy brooding about Salah and Roberto Firmino contain both gone on the lacking list for courses of the title bound.

Nonetheless, Mane has saved the Anfield fireplace burning and, now that Salah is aid on kind, Liverpool can dream again.

Accomplish you know?Mane scored with both of his attempts no longer off course in opposition to Huddersfield, taking his Premier League tally for the season to twenty.

Now or no longer it is miles your turn

Probabilities are you’ll perhaps well presumably also contain got viewed my choices this week. Nevertheless who would you sprint for?

The Crooks of the Topic

I write The Crooks of the Topic from my room on the Grosvenor Dwelling hotel the keep I’m making ready for the Authentic Footballers’ Association awards dinner. Right by the course of the evening a pair of of the accurate avid gamers on this planet will doubtless be honoured by their fellow professionals.

Earlier in the week the PFA launched its Premier League Crew of the Yr, and the accurate player to secure into that crew who’s no longer from Manchester City or Liverpool become as soon as Manchester United’s Paul Pogba.

Approved readers of my crew of the week will know that I in fact contain arguably been Pogba’s finest critic since his arrival at Inclined Trafford. Nonetheless, I realized myself compelled on instances to grab the France World Cup winner in my teams thanks to both his goalscoring exploits, his courage or his downright sheer brilliance.

Paul Pogba has scored 24 targets in 93 Premier League appearances

Relish United fans, I’d contain preferred to contain viewed extra of these moments at some stage in some unspecified time in the future of the season nonetheless we must be wide awake that Pogba is no longer a one-man camouflage and United contain too generally simply no longer been upright ample.

I become as soon as amazed to read some pundits, and folks that I concept would contain acknowledged better, imply that Pogba did no longer must always be integrated in the PFA’s crew of the yr.

Undeserving?

Let me remind them that this become as soon as no longer an understanding share nonetheless a vote and one by his fellow professionals no less. That correct, incidentally, become as soon as no longer extended to relics of a bygone generation esteem myself. Pundits might perhaps revel in the freedom of expression nonetheless they honestly might perhaps restful no longer be dismissing votes, in particular when these votes don’t anxiety them.

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