- Former LFC defender Stephen Warnock says that the Reds' midfield is the main reason why Liverpool are impressive this season.
- The likes of Gini, Fabinho and Hendo are both helpful in the defensive and offensive stages of the game.
- They are not just workhorses whose only quality is their work rate and pace.
Ex-Liverpool full-back Stephen Warnock has discussed what makes Jurgen Klopp's team so good. Against the more usual praise directed at the attacking trio of Mo Salah, Bobby Firmino and Sadio Mane, he has singled out the midfielders as those who make the German's system work.
"The midfielders have had to sacrifice their normal jobs for the good of the team because they are that good going forward," Warnock told the Liverpool Echo.
"The three midfielders, the job they have to do is fill in when the full-backs run past. The defensive record isn't down to just the back four, the midfielders help out too.
"It is a very well-oiled system that Klopp has made work and the players have bought into it perfectly. They are so far ahead, it tells you that it works.
"It really bugs me when I hear ex-players and pundits talk and they just say if you outwork the opposition, you will win," he added. "That isn't the case.
“You need quality in the team, rotation, ideas and different styles to play, it is so hard to play against. Liverpool are so well-drilled, it is mind-blowing how easy they make it look."
Fabinho, Jordan Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum, who have played the most games among all LFC midfielders, have been overshadowed by the incredible performances by the attacking trident and our backline.
The likes of Sadio Mane, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Virgil van Dijk are hailed by almost every football fan in the world, no matter whether they support Liverpool or not. At the same time, what the midfielders bring to the table often goes unnoticed.
However, there are claims that Hendo should win the Player of the Year award for his outstanding contribution to the Reds' success this season. The captain is lauded for his leadership skills as well as the ability to read the game.
"They have those perros de presa [hunting dogs] in the middle who run, press," he told the Guardian. "It’s not just running for the sake of running: they do things that aren’t normal and it looks disordered but it’s ordered, mechanised.
"One comes out here and you think: 'That’s mad, why’s he there?' But the other man knows and comes from here. Klopp said they play with their heart, but it’s planned too."