Liverpool legend John Barnes has been speaking about how good the Reds are defensively as a result of the progress undertaken by Jürgen Klopp.
The Kop boss has strengthened the back of his side with the likes of big-money signings Virgil van Dijk and Alisson which has left the whole defensive unit looking so much more confident than in recent seasons.
Joe Gomez has also been in great form so far this season having forged a solid partnership with Van Dijk at the centre of a Liverpool defence which has conceded only 5 league goals in its opening 12 games.
“The main difference for Liverpool has been defensively,” Barnes told BonusCodeBets.co.uk
“Virgil Van Djik coming in last year has massively helped the defence. Van Dijk is the best defender in the Premier League. He’s the reason why Liverpool are keeping up with Manchester City this season.
“The keeper coming in has given everyone a real confidence boost. It’s been interesting to see the fans being more reassured and measured with this keeper, last season people would hold their breath at corners. But there is a confidence this year.”
“There’s a better balance to the team than last season. Yes, they’re not steamrolling teams in the same way, but they’re winning games 1-0 and that’s down to the defensive signings they made in the summer.
“Firmino is the most important player in that Liverpool team, more so than Salah and Mane. I really like him and think he is crucial to linking up the play of the team.
“[Joe Gomez is] one of the most underrated players in the Premier League. He’s learning from one of the best defenders in the world and keeps improving, game after game.”