'A manager's dream': Underrated £190k a week star named as Liverpool's 'standout player'
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Jordan Henderson is a dream for managers according to Leon Osman

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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