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Who’re Liverpool’s unsung heroes using them directly to make historical past?

Another game, another victory, another three points closer to the title.

Liverpool‘s merry march continued on Wednesday night as they dispatched of West Ham to go 19 points clear at the top.

It is a case of when, not if, Liverpool end their 30-year league title drought.

Jurgen Klopp celebrates after Liverpool secured victory over West Ham on Wednesday night

Jurgen Klopp celebrates after Liverpool secured victory over West Ham on Wednesday night

But there are now bigger fish for Jurgen Klopp’s men to fry as they approach greatness and immortality.

Their unbeaten run has now stretched to 41 games, and they are eight away from matching Arsenal’s Invincibles.

So who are the unsung stars in this Liverpool team that are driving them towards a shot at history?

Alisson

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Predictions for Liverpool were dire when Alisson limped out of Anfield just 39 minutes into the opening game of the season with a calf injury

The Reds kept winning in his absence, but the defence managed only two clean sheets before his return in mid-October.

Alisson may have been crowned Goalkeeper of the Year by FIFA, but he doesn’t grab headlines and plaudits so naturally.

His accomplishments since his return from injury, though, are impressive. No one has kept more clean sheets than Alisson in the Premier League this season.

He is level with Ben Foster, Dean Henderson, Nick Pope and Kasper Schmeichel on eight – despite playing only 16 times. 

Alisson has had to be on his game in recent wins over Tottenham, Wolves and West Ham, saving 11 shots and conceding just once. If Liverpool’s attackers are misfiring, then they know they can rely on the best in the world. 

Alisson kept his eighth clean sheet of the season as Liverpool sealed a 2-0 victory

Alisson kept his eighth clean sheet of the season as Liverpool sealed a 2-0 victory

Joe Gomez

Liverpool couldn’t buy a clean sheet at the start of the season. They had kept only two before the shutout at Bournemouth on December 7.

That was the game where Dejan Lovren tweaked a hamstring, and Joe Gomez shuffled back into the centre of defence.

They went on to wrack up seven in a row, and now eight in nine after the midweek victory over West Ham. They’ve kept 10 in the league now this season, more than any other side.

Gomez’s presence is now coincidence, and it even has a wider influence. Liverpool have conceded just eight times in his last 35 Premier League appearances.

His partnership with Virgil van Dijk showed huge signs of promise at the start of last season, before a fractured leg at Burnley in December 2018 stopped it in its tracks.

Gomez is back and better than ever, and you don’t see how Joel Matip or Dejan Lovren can now force their way through. 

Joe Gomez kept up his run of form at the back with an eighth clean sheet in nine matches

Joe Gomez kept up his run of form at the back with an eighth clean sheet in nine matches

Jordan Henderson

In a team of no standout individuals but characterised by collective will to win, the Liverpool captain has come to epitomise the runaway league leaders.

He was critical to the win at Wolves just over a week ago, ghosting in to score a header from a corner before keeping the presence of mind to set Roberto Firmino away for the winning goal.

Henderson’s form has been so impressive that he is being seen as a contender for Player of the Year. 

And his best form in a Liverpool shirt has come after a run in the position he asked to be moved from just last year. Henderson had a heart-to-heart with Klopp last year after the emergence of Fabinho, and moved to a more forward midfield role.

Fabinho is back fit now after a near two-month injury layoff, but Henderson’s form in that No 6 position has been such that he has hardly been missed, and doesn’t mean he necessarily walks straight back into the side.  

Jordan Henderson has been  central to Liverpool's incredible run in the Premier League

Jordan Henderson has been  central to Liverpool’s incredible run in the Premier League

Georginio Wijnaldum 

Four years ago Gini Wijnaldum was relegated with Newcastle, and now he is the beating heart of one of the greatest sides in Premier League history.

But the 29-year-old is a very different player now to the that arrived in England from PSV Eindhoven in 2015.

Then he was creative, a goalscoring midfielder who played higher up the pitch and even, at times, on the wing. It’s a role he still fulfills for Holland, for whom he scored eight times in 2019.

At Liverpool he has shown himself to be one of the most selfless footballers around, sacrificing those attacking instincts for the good of the team.

Now he is industrious, all hustle and bustle in that congested midfield area. His physicality and stamina are staggering for a man who has missed only one league game all season.

Indeed, since moving to Anfield in 2016 he has missed just 11 league games. His consistency and reliability are the cornerstones of what makes this side tick. 

Georginio Wijnaldum put in another selfless performance in midfield at the London Stadium

Georginio Wijnaldum put in another selfless performance in midfield at the London Stadium

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

While Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum sum up the energy and industry of the Liverpool midfield, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain offers something a little different.

Injuries to Fabinho, James Milner, Naby Keita and Adam Lallana have offered him a run in the side in recent weeks, but he hasn’t necessarily repaid that faith in his performances.

He was frustrated to be the first substitute in wins over Tottenham and Manchester United, but he had struggled for fluency in two games where Liverpool were put under the cosh.

In a game which Liverpool were expected to dominate, the trip to the London Stadium gave Oxlade-Chamberlain the opportunity to play to his strengths and force for the issue for the league leaders.

He will give the ball away, and he will frustrate at times. But he has an eye for goal, and an eye for the spectacular as strikes against Arsenal and Genk have showed this season.

He had the awareness and the pace to latch onto Mohamed Salah’s through ball and seal the victory over West Ham. Similar moments will be needed in upcoming fixtures against the likes of Southampton, Norwich, Watford and Bournemouth.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain showed his eye for goal as he found the net for the second

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain showed his eye for goal as he found the net for the second

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