BBC pundit Garth Crooks has named four Liverpool players in his team of the week.

Crooks picked Alisson Becker, Virgil van Dijk, Jordan Henderson and Mohamed Salah in his best XI for the week, praising each for their performances against Chelsea on Sunday.

“Now this is getting ridiculous,” wrote Crooks. “Virgil van Dijk is now stroking balls to Mohamed Salah as if he’s Andrea Pirlo. Not only is Van Dijk running his back four like a military operation, he is also picking out match-winning passes almost at will. Is there anything this lad can’t do at the moment.”

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On Alisson, he said: “Last week I commended Manchester City’s Ederson for his coolness under pressure. This week it’s Alisson who takes the plaudits. This is the business end of the season and the slightest mistake from your goalkeeper and your title dreams could be in tatters.

“How either of these ‘keepers are keeping their nerves in the white-hot heat of the Premier League title race I do not know but both are doing an incredible job. If you are a ‘keeper, clean sheets are the name of the game at this stage of the season.

Crooks also praised Reds captain Jordan Henderson after the midfielder put in another superb performance at Anfield, assisting what proved to be the winning goal for Sadio Mane.

“If Liverpool do happen to win the title, the return to form of Jordan Henderson will have had a lot to do with it,” said Crooks. “How much credit Jurgen Klopp will take for that remains to be seen. It was Klopp who dropped Henderson – harshly in my view – but the reaction of the Liverpool captain has been quite remarkable.

“Henderson was outstanding against Southampton (where he came on after 59 minutes) and again against Chelsea. I don’t know who will take the credit for Henderson’s resurgence but putting him on the bench clearly focussed his thoughts.”

On Salah’s impact, he added: “I said last week that Mohamed Salah was back when he scored against Southampton and ripped his shirt off with a defiant stare. If anyone was in any doubt about my suggestion then all they had to do was take a look at Salah’s goal against Chelsea.

“Have you ever seen a strike like it and in a game that meant so much? Up until that point I thought Chelsea were the better side but who cares? Goals like that deserve to win matches.”

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