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Alan Shearer selects Newcastle United and Liverpool stars in his Premier League team of the week

6 months ago

Alan Shearer has picked his latest Premier League team of the week.

Eight clubs represented, with two players from Bournemouth, Wolves and West Ham, then one each from Liverpool, Man City, Crystal Palace and Chelsea.

Making up the team is one from Newcastle United.

The NUFC legend declaring that Salomon Rondon gave ‘Virgil van Dijk a torrid time’ and ‘How close did he come to derailing Liverpool’s title bid?’

Rondon moved on to 10 Premier League goals (plus seven assists) for the season and it could have been even better, if Trent Alexander-Arnold hadn’t prevented the number nine’s shot with his hand on the line.

Alan Shearer choosing the Liverpool defender in his team of the week as well but fortunate he stayed on the pitch, thanks to Atsu following up to score, preventing the need for a red card and penalty.

Jurgen Klopp is Shearer’s manager of the week, having kept his side in the title race with that win at St James Park.

Alan Shearer explains his choices to the official Premier League site:

Mark Travers (BOU) | BOU 1-0 TOT
What a debut for the 19-year-old! Man of the match for a string of saves as he kept a clean sheet against Spurs.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (LIV) | NEW 2-3 LIV
Two wicked deliveries took the defender to 11 assists for the season and kept Liverpool’s title dream alive.

Vincent Kompany (MCI) | MCI 1-0 LEI
There aren’t many players as determined as him, with that attitude, that hunger.

He’s had injuries, he’s been down on the floor and had to pick himself up and go again. He’s done that so, so many times.

Nathan Ake (BOU) | BOU 1-0 TOT
The defender was not deterred playing in an unfamiliar midfield role and deserved to score his stoppage-time winner.

Matt Doherty (WOL) | WOL 1-0 FUL
The flying wing-back is absolutely integral to how Wolves play, setting up the winning goal with a smart cross for Leander Dendoncker.

Mark Noble (WHU) | WHU 3-0 SOU
The 31-year-old is getting stronger as the season goes on.

He bossed the midfield against Southampton and his fine through-ball set up Marko Arnautovic’s opening goal.

Leander Dendoncker (WOL) | WOL 1-0 FUL
The midfielder keeps making runs into the box and got his reward with a second Premier League goal. He has stepped up to help Wolves seal seventh place, and potentially a place in Europe.

Andros Townsend (CRY) | CAR 2-3 CRY
A stunning display from the winger. Townsend was the best player on the pitch and added to his assist for Wilfried Zaha with a superb solo goal of his own.

Eden Hazard (CHE) | CHE 3-0 WAT
A dose of Belgian brilliance. After setting up two goals he was unlucky not to crown a dominant display with a strike himself.

Salomon Rondon (NEW) | NEW 2-3 LIV
How close did he come to derailing Liverpool’s title bid? Newcastle’s No 9 gave Virgil van Dijk a torrid time to go into double figures in a season for the first time.

Marko Arnautovic (WHU) | WHU 3-0 SOU
The Austrian looks a man reborn. After assisting the winner at Spurs last week he went better this time with a brilliant brace.

Manager: Jurgen Klopp (LIV) | NEW 2-3 LIV
Klopp’s substitutes came to the party to keep Liverpool in the title race. Xherdan Shaqiri crossed for Divock Origi to head in what could yet be a vital goal for the Reds.


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