Little else can be more encouraging than seeing former players and members of the club speak highly of what’s going on right now at Anfield. We as fans all see it, with the goals and the celebrations and the crisp passing. We feel that excitement, seeing a team that’s tread water for so long while others race around them. And yes, while even some of us wait for the other shoe to drop, for the momentum to run out, it becomes a little more likely that what we’re witnessing is real life when former players affirm it - that good things are actually happening and they’re not just repeated strokes of luck. Jan Mølby recently spoke to Steve Hunter with the club website about his feelings regarding the squad so far - in particular midfielders Georginio Wijnaldum and Jordan Henderson.
“Wijnaldum is a clever player,” the former midfielder himself said. “I have always thought he was a really good player and he fits the way we want to play.
“He breaks the lines and he makes great runs forward. He has had more of a deeper role so far at Liverpool, but it doesn't surprise me that he can play there. He is technically very good and the more you see of him, the more you like. He has an excellent goalscoring record from midfield.”
This coming after the Netherlands international netted his first goal for the Reds against Watford in that 6-1 display of football beauty at Anfield. (Too much? Nah, it was a great game). Mølby wasn’t finished there, though, singling out captain Jordan Henderson for words of praise as well, highlighting his crucial role in maintaining possession.
“The season we nearly won the league [in 2013-14], I thought Jordan had a fantastic campaign playing in a different role, where we saw him making driving runs from deep and getting into the box,” he explained. “Now he has more of a responsible role as he is the man people look for when they are in trouble. He is your out ball and I think he has done very well for us and is an important player in the side.
“I don't think it's something that is about to change and I think we have set standards now and we will continue to get close to that level right until the end of the season.”
Even better, Mølby attempted to set those more anxious minds at ease. Considering our current standards have put us at the top of the table going into the current break, if we can maintain those standards... well, we’ll be in fair shape indeed.