Phil Thompson: This is the key to Liverpool FC’s strong start

Phil Thompson believes that Liverpool FC's solid start this season is down to their improved defence

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Phil Thompson believes that the new found strength of Liverpool FC’s defence has been the main driving force behind their strong start to the new season.

The Reds have been in fine form so far this term and they have won all four of their opening four Premier League games to leave them top of the table.

Jurgen Klopp will be hoping to guide Liverpool FC to a serious Premier League title challenge this season as the Reds look to try and win their first trophy since Klopp’s appointment at Anfield back in 2015.

Liverpool FC have made a number of defensive signings in recent transfer windows, including bringing in the likes of goalkeeper Alisson Becker and defender Virgil van Dijk.

And Liverpool FC legend Thompson believes that the stability at the back has been one of the main building blocks of their success this term.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, Thompson said: “They’ve had an absolutely fantastic start to the season. When you look at it, they were very good against West Ham.

“They were decent against Crystal Palace and then you had Brighton and Leicester.

“They will be a massive threat this year but the front three haven’t really got going. So why has it been so good?

“I really think the defence has been excellent. That’s been the benefit.

“Maybe the front three are thinking: ‘We’re all right now, we don’t have to score three and four in the first half. We can actually rely upon this back four and this goalkeeper to bail us out at times.'”

Liverpool FC will return to Premier League action this weekend when the Reds take on Tottenham at Wembley on Saturday lunchtime.

The Reds finished fourth and without a trophy last season after they reached the Champions League final under Klopp but lost to Real Madrid back in May.

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