Garth Crooks heaped praise on Everton defender Michael Keane for his solid performance in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Liverpool at Anfield.
The centre-back was influential as the Toffees claimed their first win at Anfield since 1999, with Crooks naming him in his Team of the Week.
Keane has been impressive throughout the current campaign, playing in all but one of the club’s 25 Premier League fixtures.
Crooks was mightily impressed with the player’s performance on Saturday and raved about him afterwards.
He told BBC Sport: “One of the main reasons for Everton’s win was the performance of Michael Keane. This eas without doubt the best game I’ve seen him have for Everton.
“His recovery after Andrew Robertson squeezed a reverse pass through his legs for Sadio Mane was out of this word.
“The Senegal international was about to pull the trigger when Keane made the best one-footed tackle you’ll ever see and at a crucial time of the match.
“This was an outstanding performance by Keane and a historic one for Everton.”
TBR View: Keane proving his worth to Carlo Ancelotti
The improvement under the Italian boss has been evident and Keane is starting to showcase why Everton paid £30 million for him in 2017.
He has played 136 times for the Toffees but this season has arguably been his best in the famous blue jersey.
It was anticipated when Ancelotti took charge that some players would need to improve their form – with many supporters feeling Keane was one of those players.
Now, the 28-year-old is bang in form and is instrumental in Ancelotti’s team and their march towards European football.
The £65,000-a-week player has collected 12 England caps and his good form couldn’t be timed any better.
He will hope to be a part of Gareth Southgate’s plans in the summer European Championship.
On current form, he looks a certainty for the squad.