Sky Sports pundits Graeme Souness and Phil Thompson agree that Liverpool’s defensive stability has taken the team to another level.

By recruiting Andrew Robertson, Virgil van Dijk and Alisson and bringing Trent Alexander-Arnold through the ranks, Liverpool appear to have effectively addressed the defensive weaknesses which have plagued them for years.

Souness reckons that the current back four, which also includes the impressive Joe Gomez, could be a long-term base for success.

“Van Dijk has made an enormous difference,” Souness, who both played for and managed the Reds told Sky Sports News. “People say one player couldn’t make that difference but he has, he’s settled everyone around him.

“If you look at Liverpool’s back four, there’s possibly 10 years in all of them, especially if the goalkeeper is the real deal.

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“You’ve got two young full-backs in Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson, Joe Gomez and Van Dijk; there’s possibly 10 years of playing together there.”

Souness has declared that, with a long-term problem seemingly solved, Jurgen Klopp has assembled Liverpool’s greatest Premier League side.

“If you’ve got that, what stability that gives you. If you get that right, you don’t give daft goals away, you believe in each other, then the guys at the other end can nick you games when you defend properly.

“Liverpool are as strong as I can remember, going back to when they were winning the league last time. This is the strongest group they’ve had since then.”

Club legend Thompson, meanwhile, says the strength of back four ensures Liverpool are not overreliant on their renowned front three.

“They’ve had an absolutely fantastic start to the season,” he said. “When you look at it, they were very good against West Ham. They were decent against Crystal Palace and then you had Brighton and Leicester.

“They will be a massive threat this year but the front three haven’t really got going. So why has it been so good?

“I really think the defence has been excellent. That’s been the benefit. Maybe the front three are thinking: ‘We’re all right now, we don’t have to score three and four in the first half. We can actually rely upon this back four and this goalkeeper to bail us out at times.'”

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