Jurgen Klopp considers Liverpool’s star-studded class of 2017-18 to be the best squad he has ever worked with.
In a previous post at Borussia Dortmund, the German coach tasted Bundesliga title triumphs and reached a Champions League final.
He had the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Marco Reus and Ilkay Gundogan at his disposal, but claims he never boasted the squad depth he now has at Anfield.
Liverpool have competition for places across the board, with Klopp in the enviable position of being able to rotate as he sees fit without fear of depleting the quality in his starting XI.
He told the club’s official website on those at his disposal: “It’s really hard in the moment to make the squad.
“Wow, I’ve never had a situation like that with the quality of the players not being in the squad.
“They all have made really big steps. Dom Solanke was not in the squad but is in outstanding shape at the moment. Ragnar Klavan, unbelievable. Ben Woodburn makes steps and is really close to everything.
“It’s difficult, it’s getting more and more difficult, but that’s good for us of course.”
Among those to have further bolstered the Liverpool ranks over recent weeks is Danny Ings, with the England international back in contention following a frustrating run of injuries.
The 25-year-old made his Champions League debut off the bench in Liverpool’s 5-0 mauling of Porto in the first leg of their last-16 encounter and is being backed to figure prominently over the remainder of the campaign.
Klopp added: “It’s a wonderful story. Danny made it, he came on and it was nice to see.
“He needed time. A few months ago it was different, but a player like him when they come back they think ‘I am under pressure’ and they want to come in immediately and get game time.
“Danny went the hard way. He played a lot of games for the under-23s.
“That he is back now is very important for us and fantastic for him.”