The 27-year-old was in his usual position of central midfield alongside Paul Pogba and Michael Carrick for the clash of the the two Premier League giants this afternoon and was absolutely crucial in United eventually claiming a late point and avoiding defeat.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s late header salvaged a 1-1 draw after Pogba had gifted Liverpool a penalty in the first-half and James Milner scored from the spot, but judging by the reaction on social media, it was Herrera rather than his striker, who was lavished with praise:
Ander Herrera has been brilliant – easily Manchester United’s best player. Never backs away from a fight or a big game. Top mentality.
— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) January 15, 2017
Ander Herrera has been superb today.
— Doc Joshi (@Doc_Joshi) January 15, 2017
Few United players struggling but not Herrera. Chasing, tackling, creating chances. United's best player so far.
— Rob Dawson (@RobDawsonMEN) January 15, 2017
herrera is our beautiful cunt
— Moe. (@NoLaughingMata) January 15, 2017
Herrera's always our best player against Liverpool
— Nicole ΑΩ (@NickiDupre) January 15, 2017
Ander Herrera best player on the pitch, what a fucking guy. His tactical fouls are absolutely wonderful.
— Luke (@LukeLessUnited) January 15, 2017
Herrera easily the best United player tonight & in recent weeks. What a player he has become ??
— syak. (@SYKR7) January 15, 2017
Herrera is having a time of his life. Class performance.
Pogba has been awful. So awful. Doing nothing but give them a pen.
— OneStopUnited (@OneStopUnited) January 15, 2017
Herrera is the Casemiro of United. Superb in big games.
— RI (@Kahaanify) January 15, 2017
Herrera the new solksjaer.
— lee p mufc (@pigginl) January 15, 2017
Herrera was a beast today #MUFC
— AD (@kingad13) January 15, 2017
Herrera's had an amazing game today. Smart smart smart foul as well.
— Pratap Nishad (@PRTPNSHD) January 15, 2017
Ander Herrera was United's best player this evening. The passes and shirt-pulling proves he's well deserved to put on the United shirt
— KINGZLATAN (@DevilWearsPogba) January 15, 2017
Herrera was excellent and showed composure when others around him were just hoofing it up there
— Dipak (@dipaksiyani) January 15, 2017
Herrera is phenomenal
— Daniel Walker (@DannyWalker95) January 15, 2017
Herrera is one of the few that understands these big occasions
— ? (@SamFloating) January 15, 2017
Ander Herrera my man, makes me fall in love with football all over again
— Magesh Sivasankaran (@FlintThePirate) January 15, 2017
It seems the reaction is pretty unambiguous, eh? But was Herrera really as outstanding as everybody is making out?
And what does that say about Pogba, his £90 million team-mate?
And will United definitely finish in the top four this season?