Liverpool’s central defensive partnership the last time they travelled to Arsenal in the Premier League was Ragnar Klavan and Dejan Lovren.
That may or may not be linked to the fact they let in three goals, but there can be little dispute that Jurgen Klopp has upgraded his options in the interim.
The Reds travelled to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday with a more athletic, solid and physical duo of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez at the back.
That formed the bedrock for a much sturdier defensive display, which was only punctured by Alexandre Lacazette’s superb late strike to deny the Reds all three points.
Van Dijk has got a lot of the credit for turning the Reds’ defence around but Gomez has been just as important this season.
His strength and recovery pace has added another dimension to Klopp’s high-tempo approach and his partnership with the Dutchman has been at the heart of Liverpool’s improvement so far this season.
The England international’s form this season has grabbed the attention of the Reds faithful and we’ve taken a closer look after the weekend encounter…
Another world class performance mate you’re going to be one of the best defenders in England in years to come you’re already showing it now and I couldn’t be happier you’re at our club 👊🏻⚽️ #YNWA
— Jonathan (@JCLFC23) November 3, 2018
Unlucky Joe, was one of our best players tonight!
— . (@VintageSalah) November 3, 2018
You were great again Joe❤️
— Nick🔴 (@NabyRole) November 3, 2018
Always perform 👏👏
— Gas (@officialGass) November 3, 2018
Good game Joe. Tough draw to take (Don't think i've felt this bad after a draw in a long time but will get over it). Keep going mate, you're superb
Onto the UCL 👊
— Salahmander [followback limited by 🐤 bastards] (@nova_stine) November 3, 2018
Unlucky one of the best out there to night joe played fantastic no one was getting past improving every week ❤️🙌🏾🙌🏾
— joegomez.forever (@JoegomezF) November 3, 2018
Best CB in PL🔥
— Tubz🤑 (@xTubzzz) November 4, 2018