If is often difficult to fully comprehend everything that goes on during a Merseyside derby.

Saturday was no exception, with the 237th meeting between Liverpool and Everton producing sufficient incident to sustain an entire Premier League weekend.

Amid the ongoing fall-out from Jordan Pickford’s challenge on Virgil van Dijk, the question marks over how the Reds can best replace the Dutchman and the fierce debate over the visitors’ late winner, it has been easy for some matters to fall between the cracks.

Certainly, Mohamed Salah’s achievement in reaching 100 goals in 159 appearances for the club has been largely overlooked.

But there was another aspect of the afternoon that deserves greater recognition.

And it will provide Jurgen Klopp with both encouragement and a potential sense of regret.

It was no coincidence that Jordan Henderson was the Liverpool player to have burst into the box and netted what he believed was the dramatic injury-time decider until it was contentiously chalked off by the computer lines of VAR official David Coote.

Henderson had been producing that kind of run all game. Indeed, it was a foray down the right that led to the cross from which Everton defender Yerry Mina only partially cleared for Salah to smash home his landmark strike.

The Reds captain was allowed that greater freedom – recalling his earlier years with the Reds in a position in which he has been intermittently used by Klopp in recent seasons – by the composition of the midfield.

With Fabinho sitting deep and Thiago Alcantara steady in a central position, Henderson had permission to roam and utilise the energy and drive that had been sorely lacking in his absence at Villa Park a fortnight earlier.

The numbers point to his impact.

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The only player on either side to have more touches of the ball and complete more passes was the imperious Thiago.

For Liverpool, only Andy Robertson made more key passes, while just Salah and Sadio Mane – who also scored – managed more shots, Henderson’s total not including his disallowed effort.

With Van Dijk having limped off, the captain responded to the greater responsibility placed on his shoulders that is likely to remain for the rest of the season.

But having struck upon an impressive midfield trio – Thiago, of course, making his first start since arriving from Bayern Munich – Klopp now faces the prospect of ripping it up again.

And that could mean instantly reining in the rampaging Henderson.

Concerns over both Joel Matip and Joe Gomez maintaining fitness for lengthy periods, as well as the need for rotation given the hectic schedule over the next few months, means Fabinho will likely be required to retreat into defence at centre-back on a regular basis.

Klopp has sufficient options to cover in midfield – Gini Wijnaldum was introduced late on at Goodison, James Milner and Curtis Jones were unused substitutes, Naby Keita is available once more and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain edges nearer a return.

However, Henderson’s role may revert to being more defensive, a position in which he impressed during Fabinho’s two-month injury absence last term.

The first half of this season’s win over Chelsea, where Fabinho was at centre-back and Henderson defensive midfield, could become a more regular sight on the teamsheet.

The January transfer window may open up other avenues should Liverpool choose to bolster their defensive options.

Until then, though, Klopp must work with what he has.

The midfield that helped dominate at Goodison may, through necessity rather than design, become the exception rather than the norm. And that will surely frustrate given Henderson's derby display.