Liverpool’s strong start to the season continued with a Merseyside derby thrashing of Everton in midweek, Jurgen Klopp’s side’s 5-2 victory at Anfield setting a new club record unbeaten league run.
We’ve decided to look at the five players to play the most minutes during Liverpool’s unbeaten run, and rate each of their contributions and impact…
Georginio Wijnaldum – 2407 minutes
The Dutch international may not grab the headlines of some of his more illustrious colleagues, though he remains a key lieutenant in Klopp’s plans and is rarely absent for the club’s biggest fixtures.
The Liverpool manager has lauded Wijnaldum’s contribution in recent seasons, describing the 29-year-old as the ‘perfect’ midfield player and hailing the former Newcastle star’s complete skillset.
A player comfortable in tight and difficult situations, Wijnaldum is perfectly suited to Klopp’s style of football and maintains important status despite strong competition for a midfield berth.
Mohamed Salah – 2510 minutes
Salah may not quite have clicked into top gear in the opening months of the new campaign, however, he remains part of arguably the most potent frontline in European football and continues to post elite goalscoring numbers.
Having secured the Premier League’s Golden Boot for a second successive year, Salah has begun the new season with six league goals, posting a further three assists as Liverpool have raced into an early lead at the top of the division.
Only Sadio Mane has scored more times during the club’s unbeaten run, Salah scoring in important wins against Tottenham and Manchester City, whilst no player has completed more take-ons than the flying Egyptian.
Sadio Mane – 2746 minutes
The best player in the Premier League at present? Certainly amongst the most influential anyway.
No player has scored more than the Senegalese star’s 23 goals during the club’s unbeaten run, whilst Mane also ranks second amongst his teammates for chances created and duels won.
Mane has become a talismanic figure for Jurgen Klopp’s side in recent seasons, often proving to be the player who scores decisive goals when the Reds are most in need.
The frontrunner to be named as the PFA Player of the Year, there would be fewer more deserving based on current form.
Andy Robertson – 2874 minutes
Robertson’s meteoric rise to one of the world’s best left-backs has been well documented, and the Scotland captain continues to prove to be a model of consistency for Liverpool.
His relentless drive down the left-flank has made him a firm fan’s favourite at Anfield, whilst his delivery from wide areas has proven a potent weapon, with only fellow full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold having bettered Robertson’s 12 assists during the club’s unbeaten run.
No player has won possession more times for Liverpool than the 26-year-old, who alongside minutes and assists also ranks in the club’s top five for duels won, take-ons completed, chances created, tackles won and interceptions.
All-action Andy has made some contribution.
Virgil van Dijk – 2880 minutes
The only player to play every single minute of Liverpool’s unbeaten run, the Dutch defender has proven to be a colossus at Anfield ever since signing from Southampton in January 2018.
Named as the PFA Player’s Player of the Year following his outstanding performances last season, Van Dijk has had a transformative impact on Liverpool’s backline, despite their lack of clean sheets so far this season.
Having had the league’s best defensive record last season, Liverpool have kept just two league clean sheets this season and none so far at home, a trend the club will be keen to correct as they bid for an elusive league title.