Both Reds stars played their part as the Merseyside club secured an important 2-0 away win at Newcastle at the weekend, with Crooks singling out van Dijk who he believes could help them secure a top-four finish now he is back from injury:
“Not only did they beat Newcastle at St James’ Park on Van Dijk’s return, they also kept a clean sheet. The question now is can Liverpool put a significant run together that could take them back into the top four? With Van Dijk back in the team they are certainly capable of it.”
Van Dijk did look assured on his return to the starting eleven, although it was Alisson who was the one to thank for keeping a clean sheet at St James’ Park.
In terms of the rest of Crooks’ team, Nottingham Forest’s Keylor Navas was named in goal, with Fulham’s Tim Ream, Southampton’s Jan Bednarek and Arsenal’s Oleksandr Zinchenko joining van Dijk in a back four.
Tottenham’s Emerson Royal, Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse and Arsenal’s Jorginho made up the midfield, while Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford and Gunners winger Bukayo Saka lined up alongside Nunez up front.