Stephen Warnock thinks Liverpool’s midfield trio deserve more praise for the club’s success over the past couple of seasons.
The Reds won the Champions League last term after pushing Manchester City close in the Premier League title race, while they have already won the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup this term.
And Jurgen Klopp’s men look set to win the Premier League title this campaign when the season resumes with a 25-point lead over second-placed City.
But former Liverpool defender Warnock doesn’t think Liverpool’s midfielders such as Fabinho, Georginio Wijnaldum and Jordan Henderson are getting enough credit for their contributions.
Warnock told the Liverpool Echo: “The midfielders have had to sacrifice their normal jobs for the good of the team because they are that good going forward.
“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. 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.
“Liverpool now have industrial midfielders in what they do. They are high energy but also because of the press that Klopp wants to get the front three up the pitch.
“It saves the team running 70 yards and they are a midfielder’s worst nightmare. I’ve played against teams in later years of my career when I moved into midfield, when the midfielders work hard and it is so much harder to play against when you are getting closed down quickly.
“They give you no time on the ball, there is no pass on, the closing option is taken off you and Liverpool’s midfield are brilliant at that. The midfield doesn’t get the credit they deserve.
“People say they need someone who can play the ‘killer pass’ but they won’t work as hard for 90 minutes over 38 games. That will be more costly over the long run.
“That is where you can see a huge difference compared to Liverpool’s midfield and the rest of the league.”