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Jamie Carragher blown away by ‘brilliant’ Tottenham Hotspur player

Pundit Jamie Carragher has heaped praise on Tottenham Hotspur defender Micky van de Ven having excelled against Crystal Palace.

Tottenham Hotspur defender Micky van de Ven has been praised by Jamie Carragher amid rumours Liverpool wanted him over the summer.

Spurs racked up yet another win on Friday evening, claiming a 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

Joel Ward’s own goal set Tottenham on their way before Son Heung-min added a second.

Jordan Ayew gave Palace hope in injury-time but Tottenham avoided the ‘Spursy’ tag and held onto all three points.

Jamie Carragher hails Tottenham Hotspur defender Micky van de Ven

A number of Tottenham players continue to shine under Ange Postecoglou and defender Van de Ven is certainly one of them.

The Dutch centre back has been sensational since joining from Wolfsburg over the summer with Spurs splashing £34.5million rising to £43million.

So far, Van de Ven has looked like value for money and has formed a solid partnership with Cristian Romero.

Pundit Carragher has now moved to praise Van de Ven having been blown away with his performance against Palace.

Speaking on Sky Sports (27/10, 94th min), Carragher suggested that Van de Ven had been simply ‘brilliant’ and ‘absolutely outstanding’ against Palace.

Carragher added that James Maddison pipped him to the man of the match award, but feels that Van de Ven is a ‘brilliant signing’ given his size, physicality and speed.

“He has been brilliant, Van de Ven, he’s been absolutely outstanding,” said Carragher. “Unfortunately for him, someone has just pipped him for the man of the match award because he was heavily involved in both goals but he looks like a brilliant signing. He’s coped with the physicality in the Premier League, his pace, the actual size of him,” he added.

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Liverpool missed out on Micky van de Ven

Carragher’s praise comes amid fresh claims that Liverpool missed out on Van de Ven.

The Independent’s Miguel Delaney claims that Liverpool were ‘very interested’ in signing Van de Ven but couldn’t promise him a regular starting role.

Tottenham did provide that guarantee and Van de Ven chose North London, snubbing Liverpool’s interest.

A move to Anfield did seem to add up given that Reds sporting director Jorg Schmadtke signed Van de Ven for Wolfsburg.

Liverpool don’t have a natural left-footed centre back either and a move for Van de Ven would have made sense.

The timing seemingly wasn’t right for Liverpool and Carragher may be cursing how things worked out – all whilst Tottenham will be delighted.

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