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Simon Mignolet thinks Liverpool's strength in depth sets them apart from past sides.

Simon Mignolet says strength in depth sets current Liverpool team apart from 2013/14 side

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Liverpool have a major chance to break their Premier League duck.

The Reds have opened up a four point gap at the top of the Premier League table, having accumulated 60 points in their opening 23 games.

Breathing down their neck is reigning champions Manchester City, but it can be said that Liverpool have their best chance to win a Premier League title since the 2013/14 season.

On that occasion, Liverpool held the lead with three games to go, but Steven Gerrard's infamous slip against Chelsea meant they narrowly lost out to Manchester City.

So what makes the current side different to the 2013/14 edition that narrowly came up short?

Simon Mignolet is one of just three players that are still at Liverpool so he is best placed to answer that question.

And he believes their strength in depth is the main difference between the two sides.

“So much has changed over the past five years here,” he told the Liverpool Echo. “It's only Hendo, Studge and myself still here from the last time we really fought for the title.

“Back then a lot of it was about Luis Suarez and Studge, whereas now the goals are shared about more. We had a really good team in 2013/14 but the moment we got one or two injuries it became difficult.

“We've got a broad squad now which means we can cope with injuries. That's probably the biggest difference with last time.

Liverpool have great strength in depth now

“If a game is deadlocked there is always someone ready on the bench who is capable of opening a game up. In that sense we're in a much better position than we were then.

“The general quality of this squad is the best I've ever known. When we play 11 v 11 in training it's like being involved in a top match in the Premier League.

“It's not 11 first-teamers against 11 reserves, it's two Premier League sides facing each other in training. It's high quality.”

You've got to agree with him.

Daniel Sturridge and Xherdan Shaqiri are two men capable of changing a game from the bench

In defence, the likes of Dejan Lovren, Alberto Moreno and Joel Matip can cover.

In midfield, Jurgen Klopp can choose between Georginio Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Naby Keita.

And if one of Liverpool's front three get injured, Xherdan Shaqiri, Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi can all come in.

The depth they have in their squad is exactly what they have been missing for the past few decades.

Do you agree with Mignolet? Have your say by leaving a comment below.

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