LIVERPOOL’s squad is the strongest it has been since they last won the title in 1990, according to Reds legend Graeme Souness.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have started the season in promising fashion after winning all four of their Premier League matches so far.
Since the German’s arrival from Borussia Dortmund in 2015, the squad has been completely revamped and now boasts quality and strength in depth in all areas.
The Reds reached the Champions League final last season only to miss out to Real Madrid in Kiev, but were regarded as one of the most exciting teams in Europe.
At times though the team were found wanting defensively and the long-standing goalkeeper issues reared their head once more – no more so than in the final itself as Loris Karius arguably cost the Reds their sixth European Cup.
“Liverpool are as strong as I can remember, going back to when they were winning the league last time”
And while the starting eleven could on their day beat the best around, it was a lack of quality coming from the substitutes bench that ultimately cost them over the whole season.
But Klopp was quick address these issues in the summer, bringing in goalkeeper Alisson for a then world-record £65m fee and adding midfield strength with the acquisitions of Fabinho and Naby Keita.
Virgil van Dijk’s seamless transition from Southampton throughout the last campaign has also been a huge bonus while Xherdan Shaqiri brings even more quality to the squad.
And Souness, who won three European Cups and five league titles with Liverpool, says the current squad at Anfield is better than any assembled in the last 28 years.
“Van Dijk has made an enormous difference,” he 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.
“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.
“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.”
But Souness says that while he thinks the Reds have a genuine chance of winning their maiden Premier League title this season, the competitive nature of the league makes it difficult to dominate over several years like in the old days.
“No one will be dominating for 10 years,” he added. “City won’t dominate for 10 years. They may be winning trophies but you’re not going to win the league or European Cup every year.
“Right now City and Liverpool are two particularly strong teams and are the favourites for the Premier League.
“But you can’t write Chelsea out of it and Manchester United could have another spending splurge on fabulous players and they could be challenging again.”
Liverpool arguably face their toughest assignment of the season this weekend as Klopp’s men make the journey to Wembley to face Tottenham.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side had also made a perfect start to the campaign by winning their first three games, only to suffer defeat at Watford last time out.