Liverpool are becoming harder to play against because they have a strong team ethic and rely less on big-name players, goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has said.
Jurgen Klopp’s side — the first to face struggling champions Leicester City in the post-Claudio Ranieri era on Monday night — have “strength and unity,” the goalkeeper told Liverpool’s official website.
The Merseysiders put a poor start to 2017 behind them when they beat Tottenham Hotspur in their most recent Premier League clash as they target a top-four finish.
And Mignolet said: “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.
“We are fighting for the same objective, though, and I think that is our strength this season — we perform as a team.
“When I first came here it was more about certain individuals, Luis Suarez 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.
“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.”
Belgium international Mignolet also warned his teammates not to underestimate Leicester, who fell into the relegation zone after Crystal Palace won on Saturday.
“Leicester will be similar to Hull, the last team we lost to away from home,” he said. “They are a tough team to play against and they will be physical.
“We have to match that physicality and then play our football. If we can mix those things together we don’t have anything to worry about.”