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BBC pundit Garth Crooks ridiculed by fans for claiming Joel Matip played against Spurs

BBC pundit Garth Crooks is ridiculed by fans for including Liverpool’s Joel Matip in his team of the week after he ‘survived one or two scary moments’ against Tottenham – even though he didn’t even PLAY!

  • Joel Matip included in BBC pundit Garth Crooks’ Premier League team of week
  • But fans were quick to point out an error in his explanation in his weekly column
  • Ex-Tottenham and Stoke forward alluded to fact that Matip played against Spurs
  • But the Liverpool defender did not feature in their 2-1 victory at Anfield last week

Liverpool defender Joel Matip was included in BBC pundit Garth Crooks’ Premier League team of the week but fans were quick to point out an error in his reasoning.

The former Tottenham and Stoke forward alluded to the fact that Matip played against Tottenham last Wednesday, writing: ‘He survived one or two scary moments.’

The Reds centre half did not feature against Jose Mourinho’s side last week, he was not named in the squad, with Rhys Williams making his Premier League debut alongside Fabinho in the backline.

Former Spurs forward Garth Crooks made an error in his team of the week column for the BBC

Crooks claimed Joel Matip 'survived one or two scary moments' against Spurs but did not play

Crooks claimed Joel Matip ‘survived one or two scary moments’ against Spurs but did not play

Liverpool youngster Rhys Williams made his Premier League debut against Tottenham instead

Liverpool youngster Rhys Williams made his Premier League debut against Tottenham instead

Fans were left somewhat baffled by Crooks’ explanation, which has since been amended.

One said on Twitter: ‘Damn… I thought I’d lost my mind for bit there. Was scratching my head trying to remember what he did vs Spurs.’ 

While others ridiculed Crooks for his error in his weekly column. One said on Twitter: ‘You think you’ve seen it all in 2020 but then Garth Crooks describes the scary moments Joel Matip had during a game he didn’t play in. No context, indeed.’

Crooks has been ridiculed by fans after they quick to point out his blunder earlier this week

Crooks has been ridiculed by fans after they quick to point out his blunder earlier this week

Another added: ‘Embarrassing,’ while another Tweet read: ‘Loooool, he was probably watching our game with spurs from last year’ following by a laughing crying face emoji.

One fan compared Crooks’ blunder to Liverpool right back Trent Alexander-Arnold nutmegging Son Heung-min during the clash at Anfield.

Liverpool secured a 2-1 victory over Spurs in what was a top-of-the-table clash at the time with Roberto Firmino scoring a last-minute header to seal all three points. 

Matip returned for the trip to Crystal Palace on Saturday and played the full 90 minutes as Liverpool secured an emphatic 7-0 victory. As well as playing a key part in keeping the Eagles out, the centre half provided the assist for Mohamed Salah’s first goal in the second half. 

It is not the first time Crooks has been guilty of a gaffe. Back in 2012 he suggested that West Brom’s James Morrison might enter England manager Roy Hodgson’s plans. But Morrison had actually been playing for Scotland for four years.

Roberto Firmino scored a last-minute winner to seal all three points for Liverpool against Spurs

Roberto Firmino scored a last-minute winner to seal all three points for Liverpool against Spurs

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