Jordan Henderson was picked out for special praise by Leon Osman, a former Everton star, saying he is every manager’s dream.
Liverpool beat Everton 4-1 in the first Merseyside Derby of the season and it was great to see everyone on the pitch playing to the highest level possible.
Salah once again grabbed a brace, while Andy Robertson looks to be back to his very best as well. As Liverpool head into the festive fixtures, it’s important that Jurgen Klopp’s men maintain this form.
If his side can take maximum points from their games before the New Year, they will put themselves in a really strong position to win the Premier League even with AFCON absentees in January.
Fortunately, there are only a handful of league games in January, so the effect of Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita leaving for a month will be minimised.
If the likes of Henderson and Thiago continue chipping in with goals from midfield, there is no reason why the goal-scoring threat that Salah and Mane offer can’t be shared around the team.
11 goals have already been scored from midfield for Liverpool this season. That is one fewer than they managed all of last season, so there is a very strong chance they help the side massively when AFCON begins.
Speaking to Amazon Prime Video, Leon Osman said that he thinks Hendo, who earns £190,000/week, is a dream for all managers.
He said: “He’s a managers dream. He really is. He’ll play deep, the six, sit in front of midfielders. I think sometimes players have that in them, rather be part of a big machine rather than be the standout player.”
Steve McManaman added: “The better Liverpool have become the more he’s excelled.”