In Jordan Henderson, Nathaniel Clyne, James Milner, Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana, Jurgen Klopp reckons Liverpool has England’s best players all at the club.
He was speaking following last night’s impressive victory over Middlesbrough, when all players mentioned bar the injured Sturridge put in impressive performances – especially Lallana – who registered an assist and two goals.
“In my opinion, we have all of the best English players – all of them. I’m fine with them!” the boss told ESPN.
“But I’m not long enough here and didn’t see too much about the other teams.”
Klopp probably has a point.
No Premier League Englishman is providing the glitz and skill Lallana currently is. The 28-year-old has registered six goals and six assists apiece so far this term, his best return in a season for us already – and it’s not even Christmas.
Henderson has covered more ground, made more passes and made the most tackles in the country, too.
Milner has adapted wonderfully to left-back, and if he hadn’t retired from international duty, would be competing with Danny Rose for a starting spot under Gareth Southgate.
Clyne’s assist last night shows his value going forward, while he’s superbly consistent defensively.
Sturridge is the most naturally gifted striker England has, but injuries and Klopp’s preference for fluid, hard-working attackers has held him back this term.
Still, he’ll play a big role this season. When you consider we’ve got wonderful Brazilians, Sadio Mane, Emre Can, Joel Matip and the like backing up the English players, you realise the quality Liverpool has right now.