By Alan Hutton

31st Jul, 2022 | 2:09pm

Pundit issues emphatic Liverpool team news claim after what's he just seen

Alan Hutton has suggested it will be difficult for players to break into the “solid” Liverpool defence next season.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Tottenham and Aston Villa defender said that a back four of Andy Robertson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk and Ibrahima Konate is the Reds’ strongest defensive set up.

Speaking to club media during their pre-season tour of Austria (25 July), Van Dijk, 31, praised the “special” Liverpool defence.

The Dutch international said the defenders have a very good relationship and complement each other “very well”.

Konate was an unused substitute in Liverpool’s 3-1 victory over Man City in the FA Community Shield on Saturday (30 July).

Robertson, Alexander-Arnold and Van Dijk all started the match.

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Alexander-Arnold also scored one of Liverpool’s three goals.

When asked what he thought Jurgen Klopp’s back four could look like next season, Hutton told Football Insider: “I think at this moment in time it’s obviously Robertson and Trent-Alexander Arnold and I like the pairing of him [Van Dijk] and Konate.

They’re very strong, they’re big, it’s very difficult to get behind them.

That was his kind of go-to back four in European games. For me, that’s a solid back four.

There’s not many that’s going to break into that in the foreseeable future. Jurgen Klopp will have a plan, he’ll know what he wants to do moving forward.

But for me personally I think that’s their strongest back four.

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