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Garth Crooks says Mohamed Salah kit didn’t need washed after Newcastle game – Surely some mistake?

4 years ago

Garth Crooks says that Newcastle United ‘were out of their depth’ from the moment the match kicked off at Anfield.

The BBC Sport pundit has included two Liverpool players in his team of the week after the 4-0 against Newcastle.

His first choice is Dejan Lovren, selected mainly due to the opening goal, as he didn’t have an awful lot to do at the back.

In fact it was Van Dijk who gifted Newcastle an absolute sitter to take the lead in the opening stages, as Ritchie’s cross totally eluded the Dutch defender, only for Joselu to somehow miss the easiest of headed chances.

Garth Crooks has said the Newcastle players should have known that Mohamed Salah would cheat if given the chance to do so.

The former Spurs striker stating: ‘Newcastle should also have known better than to place hands on Salah in the penalty area, especially at Anfield.’

Crooks thinks it was such a ‘stroll’ for the home side that  he doubts ‘whether Salah’s kit required washing after this game’, which would probably be quite true, if the Egyptian international hadn’t felt the need to throw himself to the ground after Dummett touched his arm.

After matches like this, you just know that the pundits/’experts’ simply look at the final scoreline and brief highlights then make assumptions.

This was their joint highest win of the season so far but I have seen Liverpool play far far better on TV this season but not score as many goals.

The scousers were pretty poor until they ended two up on 47 minutes without really having to try, gifted the winning lead by Lascelles and the match officials. After that they did obviously enjoy themselves at Newcastle’s expense but by then the game had already been handed to them on a Boxing Day sized plate.

Garth Crooks explaining to BBC Sport his Liverpool choices for PL team of the week:

Mohamed Salah:

“This was a stroll in the park for Liverpool.

“Newcastle were out of their depth from the moment the game started.

“In fact, I doubt whether Salah’s kit required washing after this game.

“Newcastle should also have known better than to place hands on Salah in the penalty area, especially at Anfield. Such incidents only result in spot-kicks and Salah normally obliges.

“Did you know? Salah has been involved in 36 goals in 28 home Premier League games for Liverpool (25 goals, 11 assists).”

Dejan Lovren:

“You had better take a picture of this! You won’t see Dejan Lovren in my Team of the Week that often when he’s got Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold in the line-up with him.

“But when you strike a half-volley as well as Lovren did against Newcastle, I think exceptions have to be made.

“Did you know? As well as scoring the opener for Liverpool, Lovren helped the Reds keep a clean sheet, with no team-mate making more clearances (three).”


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