sport news Who are Liverpool's unsung heroes driving them on to make history?

Another game, another victory, another three points closer to the title.

Liverpool's merry march continued on Wednesday night as they dispatched of West Ham to go 19 points clear at the top.

It is a case of when, not if, Liverpool end their 30-year league title drought.

Jurgen Klopp celebrates after Liverpool secured victory over West Ham on Wednesday night

Jurgen Klopp celebrates after Liverpool secured victory over West Ham on Wednesday night

But there are now bigger fish for Jurgen Klopp's men to fry as they approach greatness and immortality.

Their unbeaten run has now stretched to 41 games, and they are eight away from matching Arsenal's Invincibles. The likes of Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk win plenty of plaudits but the supporting cast isn't bad either...

So who are the unsung stars in this Liverpool team that are driving them towards a shot at history?

Who are the men supporting the stars of the show, Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane?

Who are the men supporting the stars of the show, Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane?

Alisson

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Predictions for Liverpool were dire when Alisson limped out of Anfield just 39 minutes into the opening game of the season with a calf injury

The Reds kept winning in his absence, but the defence managed only two clean sheets before his return in mid-October.

Alisson may have been crowned Goalkeeper of the Year by FIFA, but he doesn't grab headlines and plaudits so naturally.

His accomplishments since his return from injury, though, are impressive. No one has kept more clean sheets than Alisson in the Premier League this season.

He is level with Ben Foster, Dean Henderson, Nick Pope and Kasper Schmeichel on eight - despite playing only 16 times. 

Alisson has had to be on his game in recent wins over Tottenham, Wolves and West Ham, saving 11 shots and conceding just once. If Liverpool's attackers are misfiring, then they know they can rely on the best in the world. 

Alisson kept his eighth clean sheet of the season as Liverpool sealed a 2-0 victory

Alisson kept his eighth clean sheet of the season as Liverpool sealed a 2-0 victory

Joe Gomez

Liverpool couldn't buy a clean sheet at the start of the season. They had kept only two before the shutout at Bournemouth on December 7.

That was the game where Dejan Lovren tweaked a hamstring, and Joe Gomez shuffled back into the centre of defence.

They went on to wrack up seven in a row, and now eight in nine after the midweek victory over West Ham. They've kept 10 in the league now this season, more than any other side.

Gomez's presence is no coincidence, and it even has a wider influence. Liverpool have conceded just eight times in his last 35 Premier League appearances.

His partnership with Virgil van Dijk showed huge signs of promise at the start of last season, before a fractured leg at Burnley in December 2018 stopped it in its tracks.

Gomez is back and better than ever, and you don't see how Joel Matip or Dejan Lovren can now force their way through. 

Joe Gomez kept up his run of form at the back with an eighth clean sheet in nine matches

Joe Gomez kept up his run of form

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