Jermaine Jenas has hinted to Match of the Day that Jordan Henderson may be one of the only Liverpool players Jurgen Klopp simply cannot afford to rest because of the work he does for his side.
The Reds have established themselves as title favourites once again with an outstanding week. After beating Tottenham at Anfield, they thrashed Crystal Palace 7-0 at Selhurst Park on Saturday.
Palace actually caused a couple of problems during the game. But the Reds were clinical. And their second-half display was simply sensational.
It was Henderson who scored their first goal after the interval. And Jenas suggested that he more than deserved a goal for a superb all-round performance against the Eagles.
“I think there’s a lot of players in this team who can be rested as Mo Salah was. But I think the demands and drive that he puts on this team, it comes from the captain, it comes from the leader. And today was another example of that,” he told Match of the Day.
“The way that he drove in that midfield, led by example. And actually, there’s so much selfless work that he does. He gets into positions that allow Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold to play much higher up the pitch than full-backs usually would.”
As shown by Whoscored.com, Henderson made 104 successful passes during the win. Fabinho was the second-most prolific passer on the day, and he managed 18 fewer than the skipper.
Meanwhile, Henderson – who earns £140,000-a-week, according to Spotrac – also produced three interceptions. As Jenas suggests, he often seems to be the one who is inspiring those around him with his work-rate, quality and reading of the game.
And Liverpool have now bounced back from a couple of underwhelming draws to put themselves in the driving seat in the title race once again ahead of the Christmas period.