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GARTH CROOKS’ TEAM OF THE WEEK

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BBC pundit Garth Crooks has put together his starting XI from this weekend’s Premier League action, and after their massive 3-2 victory over Manchester City on Sunday, four Liverpool players make the pundits team.

Below you can see his full starting line-up.

GOALKEEPER – David Marshall (Cardiff)

I’ve gone for Marshall. He produced two magnificent saves that not only characterised his team’s performance, but also his season. If Cardiff stay up – and it’s a big if – they need look no further than Marshall as their source of inspiration.

DEFENDER – Seamus Coleman (Everton)

This was not one of Everton’s prettiest performances, but they demonstrated they could produce a gritty performance when they needed to. Coleman hardly put a foot wrong.

DEFENDER – John Stones (Everton)
 
If Everton finish fourth and qualify for the Champions League, then Martinez should thank his lucky stars for John Stones. The Everton manager has not just found a substitute for the injured Phil Jagielka, he may have found a future replacement.
 
DEFENDER – Juan Cala (Cardiff)
 
With the worst away record in the Premier League, Cardiff desperately needed their win at Southampton. Their goals are coming from an unlikely source – as Juan Cala has now scored two goals in his past two away games.
 
DEFENDER – Jon Flanagan (Liverpool)
 
Once again, this young Scouser makes my Team of the Week. When you consider the importance of the game against Manchester City, and assess his performance, you cannot but admire his ability to cope with the occasion.
 
MIDFIELDER – Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace)
 
A hero for the second week running. He produced a stellar performance against Cardiff last week, and another brilliant display against the Villa.
 
MIDFIELDER – Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)
 
He carried Liverpool to victory against Manchester City. As Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge struggled, it needed someone of Gerrard’s class and stature to hold it all together for the Merseysiders, particularly when the game appeared to be drifting away from them.
 
MIDFIELDER – Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool)
 
Philippe Coutinho has always looked a good player, but now he’s looking like one who could win the Premier League title.
 
FORWARD – Raheem Sterling (Liverpool)
 
What a fabulous display it was by Raheem Sterling against Manchester City – particularly in the first half.
 
FORWARD – Demba Ba (Chelsea)
 
He started the striker at Swansea, and about time too. Ba looked dangerous throughout the match and his goal was indicative of his hard work and tireless effort.
 
FORWARD – Hugo Rodallega (Fulham)
 
There was no doubt about Rodallega’s finish for the winning goal – or that he has changed. Claridge went on to say that the last time he saw the striker play, he had lost all his confidence.
 
What are your thoughts on this team then?
 
Comment your opinions below!
 
Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt – @AlexsArticles

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