It is usually a teammate, the manager or a member of the coaching staff that a player usually takes the time to praise, but not on this occasion.
Jordan Henderson has turned special attention towards the impact of Mona Nemmer, who became Liverpool’s head of nutrition after arriving from Bayern Munich in the summer.
The Liverpool captain told Liverpoolfc.com: “We all ate well anyway. But since Mona come in, I think it has gone to another level – the food we’ve been having is unbelievable.”
“In pre-season, I couldn’t believe it – we’re getting a bit spoilt, actually. She’s been world-class, making sure we’re getting the right food in after games, the protein shakes we have… everything, everything is covered nutritionally.”
“I’ve never seen anything like it since I’ve been involved in football in terms of the food we’re having. Everything seems to be done and checked off for us to go out at the weekend and perform.”
“She varies it, it changes all the time. The variation is the biggest thing for us because having the same things all the time can get a bit boring and nutritionally it isn’t good for you. It’s good for you to try different things. I think she’s introduced that brilliantly there.”
Talk about summer signings making a crucial impact.
Whatever you are getting the players to eat, Mona, do not stop. It’s easy to look beyond something such as nutrition when trying to work out why the entire team is capable of out-running their opponents.
The energy Jurgen Klopp’s men have shown on the pitch now very clearly comes down to not only how they look after their bodies in the gym and at training, but also because of what they are eating.
Nemmer’s impact is yet another representation of everyone at the club making a difference and also a club in which everyone is appreciated for what they offer, as evidenced by Henderson’s praise.