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Garth Crooks' team of the week: Sterling, Martial, Pope, Antonio, McGoldrick

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Champions Liverpool were held by an in-form Burnley in the latest round of Premier League fixtures.Manchester City had another big win as they beat Brighton 5-0, while Norwich were relegated after losing 4-0 to West Ham.Sheffield United stunned Chelsea 3-0 to keep alive their hopes of playing European football next season, while Tottenham came out on top in the North London derby by beating Arsenal 2-1.
In the final game of the weekend, Manchester United missed the chance to go third as they were held 2-2 by Southampton.Have a look at my team of week and then choose your own below.
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Goalkeeper - Nick Pope (Burnley)
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Pope: He's a candidate for the golden gloves award and after his performance against Liverpool I'm not surprised. Nick Pope had probably wished he could have avoided the Premier League champions at this late stage of the season. Nevertheless the Burnley keeper was in brilliant form against Liverpool. He may not have kept a clean sheet but the game would have been well out of Burnley's reach had it not been for the England international. Questions are now being posed about whether Pope should be England's number one goalkeeper. Based on his performance against Liverpool there is no question about it. The answer is yes.
Did you know[/IMG]Defenders - Andy Robertson (Liverpool), Eric Garcia (Manchester City), Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham)
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[b]Robertson:
They had only played 30 minutes of football and Nick Pope had made two outstanding saves from Mo Salah. The first save he practically clawed it out of the back of the net. It was clear that Liverpool were going to have to do something quite special to beat the Burnley keeper. Andy Robertson's header was that special. The Liverpool full-back then produced a mouth-watering cross for Sadio Mane, who couldn't apply the finishing touch. Robertson is back to his best after a shaky period following the restart. Did you know[/img]
Midfielders - Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Mark Noble (West Ham), Ruben Neves (Wolves), Son Heung-min (Tottenham)
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[b]Sterling:
Just when you think Raheem Sterling can't get any better he comes up with the goals and a performance that says to Real Madrid and Barcelona 'come and get me'. Both former champions of the coveted European title are capable of prizing Sterling away, especially if City don't win the Champions League this season. If City do win the Champions League, Sterling has an even bigger decision to make. This is no longer about money but glory. The England striker was unplayable against Brighton, demonstrated by a superbly taken hat-trick. With Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi's domination of the Ballon d'Or coming to an end Sterling can, providing he makes the right decision, replace them but he needs a Champions League under his belt. Then it's about trust: is it Pep Guardiola or Zinedine Zidane he trusts with the rest of his future[/img]
Forwards - Anthony Martial (Manchester United), David McGoldrick (Sheffield United), Michail Antonio (West Ham)
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Martial: My goodness was Anthony Martial in the mood against Southampton. The way he took his goal was quite phenomenal. The determination on his face the moment he picked up the ball outside the box and started to make his way into the Saints penalty area there was only one thing on his mind and that was hitting the back of the net. It was only a few days ago Martial was substituted against Aston Villa and came off the field with a face like thunder. The best strikers hate being dragged off especially if they haven't scored. However what is becoming clear is the Manchester United striker is growing in confidence and seems to have the resolve to make the centre forward spot very much his own.[b]Did you know[/img]

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Garth Crooks' team of the week: Sterling, Martial, Pope, Antonio, McGoldrick

The Crooks of the Matter
Most professional footballers are fans well before they become players. That's probably why their relationship is so intrinsically linked. In fact the relationship is almost like a marriage. After a while you begin to realise you can't live without each other. We will have rows, fall out, even not speak to each other for a while but for all their faults players would pay a king's ransom to have them back again. Any idea of a permanent separation is, and always was, totally out of the question. Like most relationships fans are often unpredictable, hilarious, wonderful and yes sometimes down right painful. Since the restart of the Premier League season not having football fans in our stadiums has been torturous. Throughout this lockdown we have all realised the value of football fans in our lives. They can be outrageously funny, incredibly uplifting and also desperately rude but the game can't survive without them. We can't survive without them. Watching Spurs versus Arsenal without fans was like being served warm beer or watching a game when someone else is in your favourite seat. It's just not right. Michail Antonio scored four superbly taken goals against Norwich City. An amazing achievement and a wonderful landmark in his relatively successful career. The ovation he would have received from a packed Carrow Road when he was substituted would have been amazing. Not to mention West Ham fans sharing the moment with their hero, having giving them a Premier League lifeline, singing Antonio, Antonio, Antonio as he left the pitch. These moments would have lasted him a lifetime. It's not just about the goals it's about the relationship with the fans. It means everything to the professional footballer and football without it is unthinkable.
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