Simon Mignolet’s theory that Liverpool are a greater threat than when Luis Suarez was in the team is one that can be agreed with once you see where he is coming from.
There has been a visible impetus in training, during matches and through the various press conferences and interviews towards making it a team effort at Liverpool this season. One with no passengers, one where anyone is capable of making a difference and one where the players work hard for each other.
“We’ve got 25 players in the dressing room but in the end there are only 11 who can play, so there are always going to be a few guys disappointed each weekend. We are fighting for the same objective, though, and I think that is our strength this season; we perform as a team,” Mignolet told the Guardian.
“When I first came here it was more about certain individuals, Luis Suárez and Daniel Sturridge were scoring all the goals and Steve Gerrard was still playing. Now the danger comes from the strength and unity of the squad.”
“We are all pressing together and relying on each other to defend, rather than hoping someone will score us a goal at the other end of the pitch. Back in the day, if you could stop Luis, you had a chance against Liverpool but now you have to face a whole team playing for each other and I guess that’s a lot harder.”
The extent of the attacking threat we pose has been proven on more than one occasion this season with the likes of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana all chipping in with vital goals and assists.
Link up play and the interchanging between our forwards represents Liverpool’s power as a unit rather than the importance of individuals.
Klopp has transformed the Reds into a team consisting of more than one player capable of producing something special at a time of need. It is no longer a case of having only a Steven Gerrard or a Luis Suarez to look to for when things aren’t going right.