Garth Crooks' team of the week: Sterling, Ozil, Sigurdsson - but who else?

[img]" srcset=" 240w, 320w, 480w, 624w, 800w" sizes="(min-width: 900px) 50vw, (min-width: 600px) 70vw, 100vw" alt="Garth's team of the week" class="">
Liverpool and Chelsea remain unbeaten and could not be separated in a Premier League thriller at Stamford Bridge.Elsewhere, Cardiff, Newcastle and Huddersfield remain winless as their tough starts to the season continue, and West Ham poured more pain on Manchester United and their manager Jose Mourinho.But who shone enough to make it into my Team of the Week[/img]

[img]data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAIAAAAAAAP///yH5BAEAAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAIBRAA7" data-src="{width}{hidpi}/cpsprodpb/34B5/production/_103639431_garth.jpg" data-sizes="auto" alt="Garth's team of the week: Alisson, Rudiger, Maguire, Rose, Wijnaldum, Noble, Sigurdsson, Ozil, Sterling, Kane, Arnautovic">
Goalkeeper - Alisson

Having played with three of the greatest goalkeepers who ever lived - Gordon Banks, Peter Shilton and Ray Clemence - I know what makes a great one. They were all unflappable. Once they put a pair of gloves on, they became as cool as ice.The same seems to be true of Alisson. The Brazil international made two crucial saves from Willian in the opening exchanges of Liverpool's draw at Chelsea, and kept out Eden Hazard later in the game. You clearly get what you pay for.Did you know[/IMG]Defenders - Antonio Rudiger, Harry Maguire, Danny Rose
[img]data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAIAAAAAAAP///yH5BAEAAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAIBRAA7" data-src="{width}{hidpi}/cpsprodpb/D0F5/production/_103639435_defs.jpg" data-sizes="auto" alt="Antonio Rudiger, Harry Maguire and Danny Rose">
[b]Antonio Rudiger:
I've steadily grown in admiration for this player during the time he's been at Chelsea, and so have their supporters. To hear the occasional cry of 'Rudi!' around Stamford Bridge, a sign of the fans' approval of another crunching tackle or a powerful header, is quite a compliment.Rudiger hardly gave Liverpool's holy trinity - Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino - a kick. That is bordering on the miraculous.Did you know[/img]
Midfielders - Georginio Wijnaldum, Mark Noble, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Mesut Ozil
[img]data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAIAAAAAAAP///yH5BAEAAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAIBRAA7" data-src="{width}{hidpi}/cpsprodpb/11F15/production/_103639437_midfs.jpg" data-sizes="auto" alt="Georginio Wijnaldum, Mark Noble, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Mesut Ozil">
Wijnaldum: This player has suffered from being in a team that has so many outstanding players - he's hardly been noticed. However, against Chelsea, Wijnaldum had one of the best 90 minutes of football I have seen him have in years.Liverpool's front three were firing blanks, and James Milner and Jordan Henderson spent much of their time chasing Eden Hazard around Stamford Bridge, but Wijnaldum held it all together for the Reds in midfield. He had a great game.Did you know[/img]
Forwards - Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane, Marko Arnautovic
[img]data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAIAAAAAAAP///yH5BAEAAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAIBRAA7" data-src="{width}{hidpi}/cpsprodpb/16D35/production/_103639439_forw.jpg" data-sizes="auto" alt="Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane and Marko Arnayutovic">
[b]Raheem Sterling:
I told my son two seasons ago that I thought Raheem Sterling had the ability to compete with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo for the mantle of best player in the world. My son roared with laughter, but he's an Arsenal fan so what does he know! While that mantle looks like it might currently go to Eden Hazard, Sterling is starting to look in that class.Against Brighton, Sterling was immense, and the speed with which his game has improved under Pep Guardiola is staggering. If Sterling can do for England what Ronaldo has done for Portugal, then hey presto... the mantle is his.Did you know[/img]
Jose Mourinho refers to his team as fragile but what he fails to realise is that it is he who has caused that fragility. You keep humiliating Paul Pogba, your star player, in public and then substitute him in another show of public defiance. Of course he becomes disillusioned and angry and that unsettles the rest. There's only one winner here, and it's not you Jose. [b]Did you know? Since the start of 2018, only Mohamed Salah (24) has had a hand in more Premier League goals than Marko Arnautovic (17 - 10 goals, 7 assists).
Now it's your turn
You've seen my picks this week. But who would you go for?
Pick your Team of the Week
Pick your XI from our list and share with your friends.[IMG]//" data-reactid=".1yiw3mizocg."/>
Pick your XI from our list and share with your friends.
The Crooks of the matter
Media playback is not supported on this device
Have Newcastle's 'Ashley Generation' had enough?
Third from bottom with two points from seven matches and rudely dismissed by Leicester - performances on the pitch have only served to contribute to the anger and frustration fermenting among Newcastle United supporters. The target: owner Mike Ashley; public enemy number one.Last week, BBC Sport posed this question: 'Have Newcastle's Ashley generation had enough?' Had enough? That's what boxing referees ask the opponent having just been on the end of a pummelling. The analogy is fitting, because that is precisely how Newcastle fans must feel and it can't go on. Newcastle are painful to watch, and on the front and back pages for all the wrong reasons. Ashley has provided Premier League football to an area that is otherwise starved of a top-class football team. He has also brought in a top-class manager. For that he must be applauded, but neither works without serious investment.The news that former Manchester United and Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon is leading a consortium to take over the Magpies is an exciting prospect. In the interests of everyone concerned, a deal needs to be struck . It's time the club moved on.
See also:
Leave a comment
  • Latest
  • Read
  • Commented
Calendar Content
«    Декабрь 2019    »