Simon Mignolet believes the current Liverpool team is an improvement on the side that went so close to lifting the Premier League title in 2013-14.
In his debut season at Anfield, the Belgian goalkeeper helped the Reds finish just two points short of champions Manchester City after an exhilirating title chase.
At this stage of that campaign, Brendan Rodgers’ team had amassed 42 points – three fewer than this time round – and that is not the only upgrade, according to Mignolet.
The 28-year-old says Jürgen Klopp’s team are less reliant on individual talent than the squad of three seasons ago and, for that reason, pose a bigger overall threat to their opponents.
“We have a really good team,” Mignolet told the Liverpool Echo.
“There are similarities with 2014 because we grew into the season and gained momentum and experience.
“But the difference between now and then is that in 2014 we were reliant on the individual qualities with the likes of Stevie [Gerrard], Studge [Daniel Sturridge] and Luis Suarez.
“Now the danger comes from the whole team. The strength is within the whole team. We defend and attack as a team. There isn’t one main goalscorer. Everyone chips in.
“That’s very important because opponents have to set up in a different way. They can’t just say, ‘we need to look after Luis Suarez’.
“It is always better to have a good unit than being reliant on one or two players. Now it’s about the system and that’s probably a better basis to go forward.
“We still have a very young squad. We are in the semis of the League Cup, we’re still in the FA Cup and we’re up there challenging for the Premier League title. Let’s see what we can achieve with this group.”
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Liverpool halted Manchester United’s nine-game winning streak and kept their rivals at bay as they earned a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Although he was required to make two important saves in the first half, Mignolet was unfortunate not to find himself on the winning side as the Reds created a string of chances late on.
But he says the visitors’ disappointment over claiming only a point says everything about the manner of their performance.
“It is a massive step if everyone is disappointed when you draw 1-1 at Old Trafford,” he added.
“They threw so many long balls at it and it is always sore when they score. They had a bit of luck. First it comes off the post, then it comes off the bar. That is the only way they could score.
“It is a sour feeling. But we played well. They threw everything they could at us. We still created chances on the counter-attack but unfortunately we couldn’t score the second goal, which would have killed the game.
“There are a lot of games to be played. The Premier League is a long season and there are a lot of tests still to come. We just need to stay calm and focus on the next game.
“There are six clubs up there. Everybody has the same objective. We are just taking it step by step. People said when Philippe [Coutinho] went out of the team it was going to be a big blow but we dealt with it.
“Sadio [Mane] has gone to the Africa Cup of Nations but we have more than enough players to help each other out. We have to get as many points as we can and fight until the end.”