One area of Liverpool squad looks stronger than ever before after 2-0 win vs Porto

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Liverpool defence looks stronger than ever after 2-0 win vs Porto

The Liverpool defence looks stronger than ever after the Reds beat Porto 2-0 on Wednesday. Jurgen Klopp has a lot to call on right now.

Liverpool saw out a 2-0 win over Porto on Wednesday evening – not that points matter at this stage. The Reds went into game knowing that they were through as group winners.

Still, Jurgen Klopp named a strong team for a match with nothing riding on it. Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Thiago all started this one – as did Alisson, for that matter.

One area was definitely second-string, however. The defence had Joel Matip leading it but none of the other players would make the Reds’ best XI.

We had Kostas Tsimikas at left-back, Ibrahima Konate partnering Matip in the middle and Neco Williams replacing Trent Alexander-Arnold on the right. The quartet didn’t just see out the win, though – they kept a clean sheet.

And that has us thinking – is this the strongest selection of defenders Liverpool have ever had?

The Liverpool defence

The fact that Liverpool can completely rotate their defence and still keep a clean sheet like this is remarkable. Especially as the injured Joe Gomez missed out – a title-winning international centre-back.

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This wasn’t against a poor side, either. Porto are a threat in the Champions League and went for a result here. Yes, they could have taken more chances but the Reds defended them well.

In fact, all of Tsimikas, Konate and Williams boast really impressive displays this season.

Konate, for instance, shone brightly against Manchester United at Old Trafford. He earned himself special praise for his performance against some elite attackers.

Williams was great in a different role for Wales before really catching the eye against Porto. Fans had a lot of positive things to say about this one.

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And then there’s Tsimikas, who is legitimately putting pressure on Andy Robertson at left-back. The Greek hasn’t even conceded a goal this season – an unbelievable run at this stage.

The fact that this is a second-choice defence is remarkable. Alexander-Arnold, Robertson and Virgil van Dijk can all step in front of this lot – world-class players who have won it all.

We don’t think Liverpool have ever had such depth at the back. While many can rightly worry about midfield and attack, we think the defence is stronger than ever.

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