Simon Mignolet believes Liverpool are a more dangerous proposition now than when Luis Suárez was still at Anfield.
The Belgian goalkeeper's first season since joining from Sunderland saw the Reds fall agonisingly short of their first Premier League title triumph, with Brendan Rodgers' side ultimately finishing two points behind champions Manchester City. Suárez was the inspiration behind that title charge, the Uruguay international registering 31 goals and 21 assists in 33 league appearances in his final campaign for the club before he joined Barcelona in a reported €82million deal.
Mignolet, however, believes Liverpool are stronger under Jurgen Klopp because they no longer rely on the individual brilliance of one star player. "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," he said. "We are fighting for the same objective, though, and I think that is our strength this season: we perform as a team".
Playing as a unit
"When I first came here it was more about certain individuals, Luis Suárez and Daniel Sturridge were scoring all the goals and Steven 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," he said. 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."
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