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16th Jan, 2017 | 6:02am

Garth Crooks names Liverpool duo in his TOTW, claims 28-year-old transformed by axe

By Amir Mir

Garth Crooks has named Liverpool duo Simon Mignolet and Dejan Lovren in his team of the week after their side recorded a 1-1 draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

BBC Sports pundit Crooks believes centre-back Lovren “marshalled his troops around him brilliantly” and hailed the display of re-born goalkeeper Mignolet.

The Reds took the lead in the first half when United midfielder Paul Pogba handled the ball in his own area from a corner with the spot kick converted by James Milner.

After the break, Jose Mourinho’s side had a number of opportunities to level the scores with Mignolet reacting well to save Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s low and awkward free-kick.

But the substitution of Marouane Fellaini saw United change tactics and go direct as Ibrahimovic netted a late headed equaliser.

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This is what former Tottenham striker Crooks had to say about Mignolet and Lovren.

“Simon Mignolet has had to fight to regain his first-team place at Liverpool, but since his return, the keeper has looked good. His decision-making seems to have improved and he appears less frantic,” Crooks told the BBC Sports website.

“Lovren marshalled his troops around him brilliantly and, if Liverpool can defend this well in future matches, I may have to revise my position on where they might finish.”

The result in Manchester has seen Klopp’s side move into third place in the Premier League table.

They are on 45 points from 21 games, five ahead of sixth-placed United and seven behind leaders Chelsea who beat champions Leicester 3-0 on Saturday.

Additionally, they are also the highest scorers in the division as the Merseyside club have netted 49 goals this term, one more than Arsenal and four more than Chelsea.

Klopp will now be looking to focus his attention on the FA Cup with the Reds travelling to Plymouth on Wednesday night for a third-round replay.

They will then take on Paul Clement’s Swansea on Saturday afternoon with the Welsh club sitting bottom of the league.

In other Liverpool news, supporters react on Twitter to Graeme Souness’ heated argument with Jamie Carragher over Paul Pogba. 

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