Garth Crooks has lauded Liverpool's Dominik Szoboszlai and Luis Díaz for their impressive performances which earned them spots in the BBC Team of the Week.

The duo played a crucial role in Liverpool's 3-1 victory over AFC Bournemouth, securing the first win of the season for Jürgen Klopp's side. However, the win was not without controversy, as the Reds were awarded a penalty for a foul on Szoboszlai and Alexis Mac Allister received a questionable red card for a high-foot challenge on Ryan Christie.

Liverpool went behind after just three minutes at Anfield, with Antoine Semenyo putting the visitors in front. But the hosts bounced back with first-half goals from Díaz and Mohamed Salah before Diogo Jota added a third just after the hour mark.

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Crooks commended Hungary captain Szoboszlai for his showing but also issued a warning about the responsibility that comes with wearing Liverpool's number eight shirt.

"He can certainly play," Crooks wrote in his BBC column. "Liverpool's new signing Szoboszlai showed all the touches of a good player against Bournemouth and looks like he wants to be constantly involved in the play. Well, if he's going to wear Liverpool's number eight shirt, someone at Anfield had better tell him what that means and who has worn that shirt before him.

"Sammy Lee, Brian Hall, Jimmy Case and Steven Gerrard, who immortalized the jersey, have all worn that shirt with distinction. Szoboszlai needs to know he has big shoes to fill and a heart to match."

Szoboszlai admitted afterward Klopp "screamed at him" after the 22-year-old was out of position for a short time. He said: “We are there for each other and if somebody gets sent off then we change some of the things and I go back as a six.

"I cannot go forward as much, even the manager was screaming at me sometimes because I forget it. We fight for each other and we even scored after the red card."

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Díaz took his tally to two for the season having also netted in the draw against Chelsea and Crooks wrote: "He scored a well-taken goal last week against Chelsea, but the improvisation Díaz displayed in his finish against Bournemouth shows just how competent he can be in front of goal."

Crooks also took the opportunity to criticize the match officials for their decision to award Liverpool a penalty and subsequently send off Mac Allister. "The penalty awarded to Liverpool by referee Thomas Bramall was as surprising as it was unnecessary, however it was the dismissal of Alexis Mac Allister that was alarming," he added.

"The tackle was high because the ball sat up, but the challenge was neither dangerous or reckless. Fans, players and managers should not be surprised by a sending-off it should be obvious — and this was not.

"If a referee is going to send a player off because he cannot determine the difference between a bad, dangerous or reckless foul, I question whether he should be out there at all."

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