Salah In Team Of The Week (12/12/17)
Liverpool are represented in the latest Premier League team of the week that has been selected by BBC pundit Garth Crooks.
Actually Garth is now down as a 'Football Analyst' these days, a posh term for a pundit then!
The performance by Mohamed Salah in the one all draw with Everton at the weekend at Anfield was enough to earn them a place in the side alongside the other, in the opinion of the former Spurs striker anyway, most impressive performers in the topflight over the latest weekend.
I think we'll already know ourselves, and not just based on the latest performance, why Crooks, we'll also not argue with it, selected Salah as part of his team but explaining his choice he told the BBC.
'How Liverpool didn't knock Everton clean into Stanley Park I will never know. They took the lead with another moment of magic by Mohamed Salah - and that should have been the knock-out blow. Liverpool lacked sufficient ruthlessness and that was no better illustrated than when Sadio Mane put himself and glory first instead of the team. A simple square pass from the Senegal winger to either Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain or Salah, who were waiting to convert, would have put the game out of Everton's reach. Liverpool had far too much quality on the ball for their neighbours but with only one goal separating the teams it just needed the slightest mistake by Klopp's side to let points slip. However, what I don't understand is why Dejan Lovren needed to put his hands on Dominic Calvert-Lewin at all, when he gave away the penalty from which Everton levelled. The last thing an experienced defender should be doing is giving a striker any excuse to go down in the box. To see Lovren then approach the referee after the final whistle to confront referee Craig Pawson can only be described as the behaviour of the blindingly stupid. Having already lost his team two valuable points due to an unnecessary challenge, the last thing Liverpool wanted was the situation compounded with their Croatia defender sent off for confronting the referee. Fortunately captain Jordan Henderson saved Lovren further punishment for his stupidity.'
It's always good to see the club represented in this way, and well played to Salah for his recognition, but the most important thing about the weekend was of course the point.
Ederson (Manchester City), Ashley Williams (Everton), Winston Reid (West Ham), Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City), Son Heung-min (Tottenham Hotspur), David Silva (Manchester City), Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City), Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City), Jermain Defoe (Bournemouth), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool).