Liverpool legend compares Mendy and Thiago Silva combination to Alisson and Van Dijk

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Chelsea’s defence was a shambles last season and also the start of this campaign, but summer signings Edouard Mendy and Thiago Silva have brought a fresh lease of life to the team’s defence.

Chelsea went on a run of five games without conceding, before actually conceding against Sheffield United in the 4-1 win, a feat that the club last kept in 2010.

Liverpool legend John Barnes has hailed the combination of Mendy and Thiago Silva, and he believes that it’s having the same effect as Liverpool had when Jurgen Klopp moved to sign Alisson and Thiago Silva to solve his defensive issues.

Speaking to BonusCodeBets, Barnes said: “Both Thiago Silva and Mendy have given the Chelsea team confidence. Regardless of their ability, they have come in and settled everyone’s nerves.

“Like when Virgil van Dijk and Alisson came to Liverpool a few seasons ago. They are great players, but everyone became more confident because of their presence and given the whole squad a sense of security and they are showing what they can do.

“Thiago (Silva) has that same presence at the back for Chelsea and you can see what it has done for the other defenders alongside him.

“Saying that they have still given opportunities for teams to score, the likes of Burnley, so they haven’t necessarily turned a corner and won’t be winning every game. They are certainly moving in the right direction and made a lot of improvements.”

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