Jordan Henderson has been reborn as a no.8 in the last month or so and his improved form means Jurgen Klopp will save millions of pounds this summer.
It might have been Huddersfield and they might be one of the worst sides that have played in the Premier League recently, but Liverpool ran rampant against the Terriers.
What was most enjoyable about the game was the speed with which the Reds broke on the counter attack.
Naby Keita and Jordan Henderson were the chief counter-pressers in Bobby Firmino’s absence and the midfield duo looked like what was missing a the start of the season.
The Liverpool skipper was particularly impressive as he showed great energy by constantly bombarding forward. For once, however, his ability to run is not the shining quality in his game.
The Englishman has four assists this season – hardly something to shout about but they have all come in his last six games. Since being deployed as a no.8 against Southampton, he has been directly involved in five goals.
With Fabinho bordering on world class in the defensive midfield role, it has freed up Henderson to play in his natural position.
When he signed for Liverpool as part of an estimated £16million deal, he was a box to box midfielder and played there until Klopp arrived on Merseyside.
The German converted him into a holding midfielder due to a lack of a quality no.6.
The 28-year-old’s best qualities were not put to use at the base of a midfield trio but they are now.
Since his 20-minute cameo against Southampton, he has played as a no.8 and has excelled.
With the summer transfer window looming large beyond the end of the season, Henderson could save Liverpool millions of pounds.
Quality box to box midfielders are hardly a dime a dozen and signing one from a non-Premier League clubs is a risky move in Klopp’s position.
There are still a handful of games remaining this season and Henderson will want to make a point to his manager.
He’ll want to show that his form is not a fluke and that he can perform in a more advanced position consistently.
With the likes of Houssem Aouar being linked with Liverpool, the current crop of midfielders will be on edge this summer.
A loss of form between now and the end of the season could tempt Klopp into making summer switches.
Naby Keita should have done enough in the last month or so to prove to the German he has what it takes.