Jamie Carragher says Liverpool “can actually rely on the defence to win them a game” – even without two crucial attacking players.
Liverpool have enjoyed their best ever start to a Premier League season, winning ten and drawing three of their opening 13 games.
They are scoring fewer goals than last season but have improved considerably in defence, matching leaders Manchester City in conceding just five goals.
It seems that Jurgen Klopp is learning to prefer the symphony after all, even after selling Philippe Coutinho in January and losing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to a long-term injury.
“It’s interesting because the narrative all season has been about when Liverpool are going to start playing like last season,” Carragher told Sky Sports.
“However, it may get to the stage where we ask: are Liverpool maybe slightly different this season?
“Don’t forget there’s no Philippe Coutinho. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain brought great drive and pace from midfield. The front three were away at the World Cup also.
“You’ve now got Virgil van Dijk and a goalkeeper.
“Is it a little bit more like the Liverpool teams I played in?
“Last season I said this team plays football that our teams never played. But it’s actually now going back a little bit to maybe Benitez and Houllier’s sort of time.
“They probably do play a little bit more football than we did but they can actually rely on the defence to win them a game.”