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Garth Crooks: Liverpool will be relegated if Alberto Moreno plays

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Liverpool could hardly have hoped for a better start to the new season than with a victory over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

Goals from Philippe Coutinho (2), Sadio Mane and Adam Lallana sealed all three points as Jurgen Klopp's men blew away their opponents early on in the second half.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Calum Chambers threatened to spoil the party with consolation strikes but Liverpool held on to win 4-3.

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However, every rose has its thorn and on Sunday, Alberto Moreno was that thorn.

The Spaniard was poor against Arsenal and culpable not just for giving away a penalty, but also for Theo Walcott's opening goal.

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In fact, so disastrous was Moreno's performance that Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville described his performance as "absolutely garbage" in the post-match analysis and claimed: "You might as well start a goal down with [him] at left-back."

For Garth Crooks, though, a deeper-lying issue is at hand where the left-back is concerned.

According to the much-maligned pundit, relegation is a genuine possibility for the Reds so long as Moreno features this season.

He said: "Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is not averse to spending money if the talent is available.

"Having spent it wisely on Mane, he should seriously think about selling striker Christian Benteke - as he is surplus to requirements - and buying a decent left-back.

"If he keeps Alberto Moreno in the team, he can forget the top four - he'll get relegated."

An utterly ridiculous claim, I think you'll agree.

Crooks also named his Team of the Week, which is equally as ludicrous.

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Predictably, football fans have since responded to Brooks' claims - and the reaction is pretty brutal.

#CLUELESS

The verdict is unanimous: Brooks is #clueless.

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