Garth Crooks’ staff of the week: Alisson, Keita, Mount, Salah, Foden

Liverpool heaped the strain on Manchester United and boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with a 5-0 thrashing at Outdated Trafford on Sunday.

Chelsea thumped Norwich 7-0, Manchester Metropolis beat Brighton 4-1 and West Ham moved into the Champions League locations with a 1-0 win in opposition to Tottenham.

Watford surprised Everton with a 5-2 victory at Goodison Park, whereas Arsenal beat Aston Villa 3-1 on Friday evening.

In the meantime, Southampton drew 2-2 with Burnley, Leeds and Wolves shared a 1-1 draw and it was additionally 1-1 between Crystal Palace and Newcastle.

Try my staff of the week after which make your individual alternatives in the direction of the underside of the article.

Garth Crooks' team of the week

Goalkeeper: Alisson (Liverpool)


The primary-half save from Mason Greenwood was an indicator that Alisson was up for this match and ready to tackle all comers. His save from the ft of Cristiano Ronaldo was yet one more one-on one cease I’ve seen the Brazil worldwide make this season.

He made the same save in midweek in opposition to Atletico Madrid within the Champions League. In the case of one-on-ones Alisson is arguably the most effective round.

Do you know? Alisson has stored seven clear sheets in his previous 10 Premier League matches, making three saves in Liverpool’s 5-0 win at Outdated Trafford.

Defenders: Reece James (Chelsea), Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool), Ibrahima Konate (Liverpool), Ben Chilwell (Chelsea)

Reece James, Virgil van Dijk, Ibrahima Konate, Ben Chilwell

Reece James: I am in awe of a Chelsea squad that’s producing some wonderful home-grown expertise.

Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and no doubt the jewel within the crown, James. There was a time, not so way back, when English gamers could not get a sport within the Premier league. Not anymore.

The Premier League academy system appears to be working and that took main funding. Norwich please take word.

Do you know? James has been instantly concerned in 4 Premier League objectives in 4 begins this season (two objectives, two assists). He had solely scored as soon as in his first two Premier League seasons.

Virgil van Dijk: Nicely, what can I say about my favorite defender. In a sport the place Liverpool gained 5-0 in opposition to a top-four contender, his accomplice Ibrahima Konate was quietly excellent in what will probably be remembered as one of many nice victories by a Liverpool facet at Outdated Trafford.

As for Van Dijk it appeared like simply one other day on the workplace.

Do you know? Van Dijk has solely ended on the dropping facet in 5 of his previous 91 Premier League matches.

Ibrahima Konate: The French centre-back – signed in the summertime from RB Leipzig – is the newest addition to this Liverpool staff and suits like a glove.

No frills or abilities however he does use his energy and energy to most impact. This wasn’t Chelsea versus Norwich however Manchester United in opposition to Liverpool and Mason Greenwood, Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcus Rashford hardly had a kick. Like Naby Keita, Jurgen Klopp appears to have made one other extraordinarily astute buy in Konate.

Do you know? Konate made eight clearances in opposition to Manchester United, probably the most of any participant within the match.

Ben Chilwell: He was very unfortunate to not make my choice for his efficiency in opposition to Brentford final week after a thunderous half-volley. Nevertheless, I simply could not ignore the England full-back after his efficiency in opposition to Norwich. Chilwell scored his fourth aim in 4 league video games in opposition to Norwich and is within the type of his life.

Do you know? Chilwell turned the primary Englishman to attain in 4 consecutive Premier League appearances for Chelsea since Frank Lampard in February 2013.

Midfielders: Naby Keita (Liverpool), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Bernardo Silva (Man Metropolis)

Naby Keita, Mason Mount and Bernardo Silva

Naby Keita: The coolness wherein Keita took his aim at Outdated Trafford simply blew me away. Sure, he ought to have scored however he was dealing with an in-form David de Gea and I’ve seen so many midfield gamers bottle it in these positions and miss their alternative. Keita, nonetheless, was as chilly as ice.

The Guinea worldwide began this match in opposition to Manchester United to my shock however did not disappoint. The one space that does not seem world class is Liverpool’s midfield and but they destroyed United, particularly within the opening quarter-hour. Supervisor Jurgen Klopp has obtained these lads flying.

Do you know? Keita scored and assisted in a Premier League sport for the primary time since December 2019 in opposition to Bournemouth.

Mason Mount: It was good to see Mount again in a Chelsea shirt and among the many objectives once more. Nevertheless, this wasn’t about Mount however Norwich. Six league defeats and two attracts out of eight video games and Daniel Farke continues to be there? I mentioned as early as the primary sport of the season that Norwich had been down and it’s as a lot the house owners’ fault because the supervisor.

Norwich have made no try to keep away from what’s painfully apparent to me. They’re glad to get pleasure from their time with the Premier League however not ready to make the funding to a minimum of attempt to keep there. It is shameful.

It actually is not adequate however what I do not perceive is why do Norwich followers appear to just accept it? That is probably the most disappointing factor.

Do you know? Mount turned the twentieth completely different participant to attain a Premier League hat-trick for Chelsea – solely Arsenal (21) have had extra.

Bernardo Silva: It by no means ceases to amaze me that at any time when a significant affect at Manchester Metropolis will get injured one other one steps in and takes centre stage. When Kevin de Bruyne was out of motion it was Ilkay Gundogan who stepped in a pulled the strings.

Now with Gundogan getting back from harm and De Bruyne nonetheless discovering his greatest type it has been Silva who has been the driving pressure within the Manchester Metropolis facet this season. Such was the case in opposition to Brighton. I suppose that is what occurs when you’ve got the sources Metropolis have gotten.

Do you know? Silva arrange Manchester Metropolis’s first aim in opposition to Brighton, his first help within the Premier League this season.

Forwards: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool), Joshua King (Everton), Phil Foden (Man Metropolis)

Mohamed Salah, Joshua King, Phil Foden

Mohamed Salah: I watched it however I could not imagine it. Manchester United 4-0 down at residence to Liverpool after 45 minutes. The architect of their downfall – Salah. I watched the Egyptian when he performed for Chelsea after which left for Fiorentina then Roma, the place he turned high class.

He turned up at Liverpool and have become a world class participant however not the most effective on the earth. The way in which he’s taking part in in the meanwhile I do not assume there’s a participant who can stay with him. I’ve mentioned all this season Salah is unplayable in the meanwhile and I see titles on the horizon once more right here.

Do you know? Salah turned the primary opposing participant to attain a hat-trick at Outdated Trafford since Dennis Bailey in January 1992 for QPR.

Joshua King: On King’s return to Goodison Park he scores a hat-trick, offers Claudio Ranieri together with his first win for his new membership and places the nightmare of Liverpool and Salah’s 5-0 hammering final week effectively and actually behind them.

If per week’s a very long time in politics it will need to have felt like a lifetime for Watford. Two very completely different outcomes in opposition to two Merseyside golf equipment. To see boss Rafa Benitez standing on the touchline immobile and assistant supervisor Duncan Ferguson together with his head in his fingers mentioned all you wanted to find out about Everton’s efficiency.

Do you know? King turned simply the third participant to attain a Premier League hat-trick in opposition to a facet he has beforehand performed for within the competitors, after Andy Cole (for Man Utd v Newcastle) and Marcus Bent (for Wigan v Blackburn).

Phil Foden: Whereas the controversy rages on about Foden’s greatest place, he ought to rely himself very fortunate he is taking part in for a supervisor who encourages complete soccer. I counted six Metropolis gamers within the Brighton penalty space throughout one counter assault. There isn’t a doubt that Foden has tailored admirably to the free flowing soccer of Manchester Metropolis.

Nevertheless, what’s his greatest place? He can play on the left of a three-man assault, or the highest of the diamond or in midfield however he isn’t a centre ahead and the earlier Pep Guardiola stops attempting to make him into one the higher.

Do you know? Foden was instantly concerned in three objectives in a single Premier League sport for the primary time (two objectives, one help).

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The Crooks of the Matter

I mentioned final week on this column that Steve Bruce was nothing greater than a ‘caretaker’ supervisor and so it proved. In solely a matter of days the supervisor of Newcastle United had develop into their former supervisor having simply celebrated his 1,000th sport in league administration.

It will seem that the brand new house owners from Saudi Arabia had carried out the fitting factor by sacking Bruce and never extended the inevitable.

I may need applauded their choice to alleviate Bruce of his duties if the nation from which the house owners got here really had a human rights document or, a minimum of, one they could possibly be happy with – however they do not – so I will not.

Newcastle might have rid themselves of 1 drawback by wrestling themselves free from Mike Ashley however they’ve now saddled themselves with a higher drawback of being responsible by affiliation.

Amnesty Worldwide’s insistence that the human rights marketing campaign group meet with the Premier League, to have their issues about Saudi Arabia’s involvement with probably the most prestigious league on the earth happy, is about as regarding because it will get.

The query is nonetheless, ought to Newcastle United be held to the next ethical commonplace than others who do enterprise with that a part of the world?

I’ve at all times had an issue with individuals who, for some purpose, anticipate footballers to behave higher than extraordinary members of the general public for no different purpose than they’re skilled footballers.

The sport and its contributors present a stage of leisure that’s unsurpassed and we should always go away it like that. To anticipate the rest from the sport is unrealistic, unfair and unreasonable.

Our leaders and elected officers are those charged with setting our ethical compass not soccer.

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