Sitting top of the table after the opening 11 games of the season, Liverpool have been the most impressive team in the Premier League so far this year.
Summer signings have settled in quickly and the team is scoring goals at an impressive rate, whilst Jurgen Klopp's high-pressing style has made the Anfield club a force to be reckoned with.
But, whilst the players and manager are drawing the plaudits, club captain Jordan Henderson has looked to put the spotlight on two individuals who's impact since arriving at the club over the summer has gone under the radar so far.
Whilst Liverpool were splashing the cash on Sadio Mane and bringing in the likes of Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan to shore up their defence over the summer, the arrivals of Andreas Kornmayer and Mona Nemmer didn't exactly make many waves.
However, according to Henderson, the duo - as Liverpool's new head of fitness and condition and head of nutrition, respectively - have been integral to helping the squad improve since joining from Bayern Munich.
“The lads get on very well with Kornmayer, he’s got a good relationship with all the lads, and he works us very hard, which is good,” the England midfielder explained to Liverpool's official website, via the Liverpool Echo.
“...The things he’s done have definitely put us in good condition, as you can see out on the pitch in the performances and energy levels we’ve had.
“I feel very good at the moment, probably the best I’ve felt in years really in terms of my fitness and just in general.
“...We’re all looking good, we’re all looking healthy and fit, and that’s a big thing."
In order to implement Klopp's high-intensity tactics when the team isn't in possession, Liverpool's players have to be at the top of their game physically. Employing Kornmayer, a member of Bayern's backroom staff for 15 years, has clearly helped achieve that goal.
And it isn't just conditioning that is behind Liverpool's improved form. Henderson believes their diet - fine-tuned by Nemmer - has also given them an advantage.
“We all ate well anyway – as professionals you need to make sure your diet is good," he said.
"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 right food in after games, the protein shakes we have… everything, everything is covered nutritionally."
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