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'There Are Only Two Irreplaceable Stars At Liverpool'

A former Liverpool star believes there are only two players in the Premier League leader's squad who are irreplaceable, and it's not Sadio Mane or Mohamed Salah.

Read: Salah Linked With Massive £126m Transfer

Jurgen Klopp has been consistent with his line-ups this season in Premier League and UEFA Champions League and has barely made any big changes.

Despite having some big performers in his side, former Reds midfielder Jason McAteer feels goalkeeper Alisson Becker and defender Virgil van Dijk are the only two players guaranteed a spot in the side.

“There are only two players in the Liverpool team who are irreplaceable – Virgil van Dijk and Alisson," he told Racing Post.

“Take either of those two out of the starting 11 and Liverpool are instantly weaker.

“Take anyone else out, however, and it’s a different story – and even though I am a massive fan of his, that includes Jordan Henderson.

“Jurgen Klopp has so much cover in all areas that he can afford to lose key men for periods.

“When he lost Fabinho earlier in the season I remember the gasps and there were plenty of people saying he’d lost the most important cog in the midfield, the heartbeat of the team. Well yes, he was a miss – but have a look at the league table.

“I never doubted that Jordan Henderson could take on the Fabinho role because he’d done it successfully before and he didn’t let anyone down.

“And since then, of course, Jordan has become an absolutely central part of the team – but not irreplaceable. At least, not in terms of his playing ability.

“Where Jordan is missed – and we saw that against West Ham – is in terms of leadership.

“I thought Liverpool were in second gear during the first half against West Ham and Jordan Henderson would not have allowed that to happen.

“Henderson doesn’t always have the best of games and people are always quick to point fingers when that happens, but that’s not appreciating his value.

“When it comes to desire and character that’s when he steps up. And while there are some big characters in that dressing room, no one is bigger than Jordan Henderson.”

Read: Mane: Klopp Will Get A Statue At Anfield

Do you feel Alisson and Van Dijk are the only irreplaceable players at Liverpool? Have your say in the comment section below.

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