Garth Crooks singles out three Liverpool players after win vs Leeds

By Tom Cavilla

BBC Sport pundit Garth Crooks has praised Virgil van Dijk's 'outstanding' contribution to Liverpool's 3-0 win over Leeds United while also acknowledging the strong performances of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Thiago.

All three players have made Crooks' BBC Sport Team of the Week, having helped the Reds to an impressive 3-0 victory away at Leeds United.

Jurgen Klopp's side were in control of the contest at Elland Road and earned all three points courtesy of goals from Mohamed Salah, Fabinho and Sadio Mane.

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Alexander-Arnold typically played a key role in Liverpool's first goal as he claimed yet another assist for the club.

Crooks was unsurprised by the involvement of the young right-back in the move for Salah's goal and admitted it's what we've 'come to expect' from the 22-year-old.

"The quality of the ball from Trent Alexander-Arnold for Mohamed Salah to score his 100th Premier League goal is what we've come to expect from the full-back. This game was as comfortable for him as it was for Liverpool, apart from one moment," he said.

It was another effortless display from Van Dijk, meanwhile, who is looking back to his best in a Liverpool shirt following his lengthy injury lay-off.

Crooks described the Dutchman as a 'menacing' presence in the opposition box and believes 'anything is possible' for the Reds with the 30-year-old back in the team.

"He knew he couldn't score directly from the set-piece but Liverpool's second goal came as a result of him putting the ball back in the danger zone. Van Dijk was part of another clean sheet against Leeds but looks menacing in the opposition penalty area once again," said the BBC Sport pundit.

"He's been outstanding for Liverpool since his return. Ten points for them, no wins for Leeds. With Van Dijk in the team anything is possible for Liverpool again."

Thiago was the final Liverpool player who caught the eye of Crooks, having shone in his first start of the Premier League season.

The Spaniard dictated play in midfield and teed up Mane for the Reds' third goal of the game.

Assessing the performance of the former Bayern Munich man, Crooks said: "I haven't been terribly convinced by Thiago since his arrival from Bayern Munich. He came to Anfield with a massive reputation but he has found the Premier League a different proposition to the Bundesliga. However, he has shown signs of his class and controlled the midfield against Leeds at Elland Road.

"Personally I like the energy and personality of Jordan Henderson as opposed to the cool, calm and composed exterior of Thiago. But there is no doubt about it - the boy can play."


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